Did you know…….. April 23rd is World Book Day!
Today, I enjoy reading and have learned a lot through reading the experiences and stories of people that have chosen to share them by producing a book. I’m very grateful for the abundance of authors in the world! I believe mentorship is a necessity in life and if I’m unable to experience a personal one on one relationship with some of the great leaders of the world, then I buy their books. These are the type of books I prefer to read, a bit of an obsession of mine, a constant need to learn why I and others behave, think, react and feel the way we do. Occasionally, I like to read a good story that is created from the imagination of the author. To me it is like watching a movie, the details and actions keep me flipping the pages to the end. What type of books do you like to read?
Maybe you don’t read.
I remember when I was in school I didn’t like reading much. Mostly because I sucked at it. I read very slowly and didn’t know the meaning of so many words. I had to read things over and over in order to comprehend the message or story, it may have had something to do with the books we had to read in school but in the end reading made me feel stupid. As a result, I quickly owned the phrase “I don’t like to read” after all it is not a matter of life and death that I like reading, right?
Later, in my early twenty’s, I found myself sharing my trusted phrase, “I don’t like to read” with a friend at the time, who truly enjoyed reading. She quickly responded with, you just haven’t found a book that interests you enough. What a wild thought! A book that interests me, was there such a thing? At this point in my life I believed that all books would be boring, dry and hard to understand. While considering my friends comment, my little voice jumped into action and told me that I would never be smart enough to enjoy reading. Why waste my time? I reasoned with my little voice, but what about a book that interests me? My voice got louder and reminded me how slow I read and that I would never have enough time to finish it, what would be the point in starting? I concluded my little voice was probably right and carried on doing the things that required my attention. Our children were young and Harvey had just started his instrumentation business, I had enough to do without reading.
So, life continued and the difficult tasks of being a devoted wife, good mother, supportive friend, loving sibling/daughter and confident individual became more of a regular challenge for me. I asked for advice from anyone that would give it. I started attending church so that I could learn from God, how to be a better person. My little voice was brutal! I felt I was a failure at everything. I was struggling with my lack of experience as a parent and wife. My communication with others seemed to create conflict, not the harmony, that I desperately was seeking. What was wrong with me? Rather than let my little voice kick the crap out of me for being so terrible, I submitted to the idea that a book could possibly help me become a better being. That is when I began the quest of seeking the knowledge of others to improve my character. A journey I will continue forever.
As I began reading books, I found that like anything you do, the more you practice the better you get. My desire to be a better person was stronger than my little voice that was holding me back from reading. Today, I can’t imagine where I would be if I had not had the privilege of learning from the endless stream of authors in the world. If your little voice is stopping you from reading, tell it to take a hike! Pick up a book that you think may interest you and start reading today. If that choice doesn’t work try another one, there is an endless sea of books to entertain us and to learn from.
I just finished a book called “The Charge” by Brendon Burchard, Activating the 10 human drives that make you feel alive. In his conclusion of the book he states and I quote…
There are just 10 human drives, and yet neither you or I will ever completely master them. We will come to better understand them, we will struggle and improve them in activating them, yet we will never know complete victory over all of them at once, or even just one. Concluding a book by saying we cannot win may seem odd, but it rings true to the theme of this work – the real gift is the journey you take as you strive to get better and deeper into your life. Living a fully Charged Life demands constant choice, presence, focus, stretching, growth, and mastery. Enjoying the blessing of being energized, engaged and enthusiastic requires hard work, struggle, and a commitment most will never have.
And yet I believe you do. We’ve traveled far together, rounding the bases of our drives to have more control, competence, congruence, caring, and connection; we’ve swung for the fences in advancing our lives through our drives for change, challenge, creative expression, contribution, and consciousness. Simply knowing the playing field of our human condition sets us up to better succeed in the grandest game we will ever know – LIFE.