After a long conversation with some friends I decided to write just a little about reading books.
Books can change us because we let them pass through our life.
People, ideas, stories, told from all walks of life, from all perspectives, enrich us.
We become more layered, more complete human beings by seeking experiences outside the sphere of our ordinary experience.
I just saw a really great quote that said “reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are.” I love that!
We’ve got to do a better job of being conscious where we devote our attention and our time because we become the things we let into our lives.
In his book How to Read and Why, Harold Bloom says that we should read slowly, with love, openness, and with our inner ear cocked. He explains we should read to increase our wit and imagination, our sense of intimacy–in short, our entire consciousness–and also to heal our pain. “Until you become yourself, what benefit can you be to others.” With the endless amount of perspectives and lives we can read about, books can give us an opportunity to have experiences that we haven’t had the opportunity to, and still allow us to learn the life skills they entail. Books are a fast rack to creating yourself.
Maryanne Wolf explains that “Typically, when you read, you have more time to think. Reading gives you a unique pause button for comprehension and insight. By and large, with oral language—when you watch a film or listen to a tape—you don’t press pause.” The benefits of this increased activity keeps your memory sharp and your learning capacity nimble.