Seize the Day! (PART 4 of 6)
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.
It’s the life in your years.
While you may not be able to control the world, you can control how you respond to it. So wake up! Get going! Life is short and time is fleeting…Here’s our fourth suggestion for how to seize the day:
Read broadly, read deeply, and read copiously
I’m a reader – an enthusiastic one. Always have been; always hope to be. It is one of the main ways I learn, keep up with developments, and derive pleasure. Much to my dismay, I read the following statistics recently:
- 58% of the U.S. adult population never reads another book after high school.
- 42% of college graduates never read another book.
- 80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
- 70% of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
I trust that if you are reading this blog, you do not fall into any of the above categories. But perhaps you are a reader of just one or two genres…you love fiction, or business books, or TIME Magazine. Perhaps you only like to read the sports page, mysteries or biographies.
Here is my challenge to you: read more broadly, more deeply, and more copiously. Here are some ways to get started:
- Read what your children are reading in school or pick up a significant work that you didn’t read in high school or college and read it to see what all the fuss is about.
- Find a blog that matches an interest and subscribe to it or put it in your bookmark menu.
- Instead of getting your news from the local paper and the Wall Street Journal, check out:
- Spend a few minutes reading a poem or two.
- Be brave. Sit down with a graphic novel and experience this updated comic book genre.
I hope this will encourage you to expand your reading repertoire – and thereby your knowledge and pleasure. Let me know how it goes…and happy reading.