by Chris Brady
Nearly all the noteworthy leaders throughout history have been big readers. Reading is the shortcut to successful thinking, the route to accurate perspective, and the doorway to knowledge. Reading can be fun and entertaining, enlightening and inspiring, and should always lead to a better understanding of our lives and the world we live in.
It is tragic that in our entertainment society we are losing our literary bent. From what I can tell, although every airport has a book store, and although Barnes and Noble and Amazon seem to be doing fine on-line, there is a decline in the habit of reading. With video games, movies, television, Internet, sports, traffic, hobbies, organizations, kid’s sports and activities, longer working hours, and that endless list of errands that need to be run, we seem to have very little time for simply reading. I suggest, however, that it is important for us to make time to read. As busy as people get, it seems that they always find a way to do the things they want to do. Reading should be a priority that is worthy of a spot in our busy schedule.
Think about how much of our daily living is just thrashing against the current. It doesn’t carry us forward toward our goals and dreams, nor does it even hit on our priorities. In fact, a major percentage of our lives is spent and not invested. But reading is an investment. It is important. It should be a priority in itself. It jump-starts our brain and reminds us that we were created for more than just the daily grind.
Have you read the classics? Do you have at least a working knowledge of some of the writings from the greatest minds of history? Do you read from several different genre? Have you had a book that has touched you deeply or awakened you to something grand?
Let me suggest that you make it a priority to increase the quantity and quality of reading in your life. Make it part of your daily schedule; something that becomes habitual. The more you do it, the more you’ll like it, until you find yourself yearning for the next break in your schedule where you can enthrall your mind once more. There is a whole world in the pages of great books.
Go discover it for yourself!