Word of the Day
Read~ look at and comprehend the meaning of (written or printed matter) by mentally interpreting the characters or symbols of which it is composed.
All of us are given a mind and it is up to us the choices we make in order expand the abilities of this tool or we let it wilt away over time. It is amazing what the mind is capable of. In fact, the ability to read is probably the most powerful skill a person can master. Not only does it improve your imagination and comprehension you have the ability to learn anything at all a book can provide to you. This relationship to information is far more personal than learning through listening or watching. Reading is an all-encompassing experience with the knowledge that you are dealing with. To take advantage of this all you have to do is make an effort to find sources with the information you are interested in and read it. It all begins with a conscious awareness of making an effort to read each day. It becomes a focus in your thoughts, words, and actions and that will change your life for the better.
Exercise for the Brain
Of all the skills I have amassed in life I didn’t realize how lucky I was to be literate at some level since I was very young. Books were a way to entertain and stir my imagination, but the real power of reading and books is that they allow your mind to become better, digest and become one with the information that you read. It is a close and personal relationship that you develop with books you read and the thoughts they provoke. There is no better life changer that I have found.
Reading allows your mind to develop like a finely tuned athlete. The more your work it, the more it can digest and the better you become at retaining information. That is how it worked for me. So even if it is a very short period of time, spend some time every day reading. It can be just for a couple of minutes, but do it and allow the reading process to work inside your mind. The person who will benefit is you and build your abilities to think and achieve in the world.
Expanded Minds Never Shrink
Once you make the choice to read and learn there is no going back. Once a new idea is introduced the mind expands. It weighs the merits, value, and belief involved in the idea. What can we take from this? Is this true? How does this jibe with previous experience? What does this explain? This process is always happening to the person who reads thought-provoking works. Find books that make you think, read them and let the magic happen. At first, it can be difficult to digest new information that changes your personal paradigms. We are creatures of habit and change can be difficult even for the most enlightened.
But once a mind starts to grow and honestly evaluate information, a person has the tools to do more, think more and become more in life. Enjoying life is a process that comes with natural growth and reading enhances that. The expanded mind is never going to shrink again. Once you have seen the light, you will not move back into the darkness. Read today, read tomorrow and read every day.
Diet of Reading is Important
Different books are going to resonate with different people. Just like people enjoy different types of music. But remember that the type of books you read is going to affect the development of your brain. If you eat nothing but junk food, you can live, but you won’t be as healthy as you could be. The same is true of books. If you read works of low thought and little value, it will help your imagination but you can’t expect to develop to your best if you are not feeding your mind a well balanced, healthy diet of words.
It starts with what you are interested in and what you want to accomplish. Whatever that is, there is a book with insight into how to complete a task, create a particular business, or improve skill all can be found in a book. If you choose to spend your time reading cheap romance novels or negative stories fraught with violence, then your life will be impacted that way. The quality of the ingredients used will dictate the value and enjoyment of the meal.
So be conscious today and aware of making time to read and reading substantial things which will expand your mind and increase your abilities. It is all out there for you to do, you just have to make an effort. It all starts with your thoughts, words, and actions today!!
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” ― Oscar Wilde