Confessions,Lover,Books,and,Le DIY Confessions of a Lover of Books and Learning
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Many of us love to read. Some of us who love to read the most are introverts, so I went to the source to find out what its all about. Theres a great readers survey on TheIntrovertzCoach ( http://www.theintrovertzcoach.com/booksurvey.html ) and yes, Easy Reader that I am, I participated. You're invited to, too! Here are two things that seem to be true of people who have developed a love of reading: ·They were taught to read before they went to school, often by a parent·Most couldnt even count the number of books theyve read in a lifetime. One reader wrote, Almost as many drinks of water as Ive taken. Cant begin to guess. Hundreds and thousands seem to be the norm.When a parent or loved one teaches you to read, its associated with a loving atmosphere. Many people who love to read tell me that being read to was a regular part of their life as a child. My father read to me and my sister every night, without fail. The books he chose even my mother had to object to at times Black Arrow, and The Three Musketeers, for instance, but it really didnt matter to me. I loved hearing my fathers voice, and I picked up his obvious love of literature. He approached each reading session with enthusiasm, more in the nonverbals than in anything he said, but certainly I could tell it was something he really looked forward to.He would pick up the clearly-beloved book, and settle back in the chair, sigh and assume a posture of ahhh, at last. What a wonderful way to transmit a love of learning.When I was ready to go to college, and was kind of dubious, he told me Id like it a lot more than high school. He said The kids are nicer, and the level of learning is much more enjoyable. You wont have to memorize much.Those pat phrases reading broadens you and learning enriches your life, were lived in my household. Yes, my father worked. Yes, he did things around the house. Yes, when he settled in to read us a book at night it seemed the part of the day he most looked forward to.Lifelong learning appears to be one of the qualities that builds our Resilience. Research by Al Siebert, Ph.D., has found that people who live longer, healthier, happier lives have incorporated learning in every stage of their life instead of abandoning learning after college.One reason I love reading is that its always available. When youre stuck in a traffic jam, or waiting for a late-running soccer practice to end, or getting a prescription filled at the pharmacy, or stuck at work with nothing to do, you can always get on the internet and read, or pull out a book.Reading and learning are available under most conditions. There were years (before the Internet) when I couldnt afford books and I would go to the public library. There were also used book fairs, and now there are used book stores.Theres also the used book option at amazon.com, as well as the plethora of free learning material on the Internet. You dont have to spend a cent, and you dont have to leave your house.Some questions for you about books:1.Do books uplift the spirit and allow a pleasant distraction?When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind. ~Michel de Montaigne2.No matter what your stage or age, is there a book out there for you?Books are like lobster shells. We surround ourselves with em, then we grow out of em and leave em behind, as evidence of our earlier stages of development. ~Dorothy L. Sayers 3. Are books wonderfully user-friendly?Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers. ~ Charles W. Eliot4. If youre living without books, are you missing out on something?I cannot live without books. ~ Thomas Jefferson5.Do you value books more than other material possessions?Knowing I lovd my books, he furnishd meFrom mine own library with volumes thatI prize above my dukedome. ~Shakespeare6.Does reading books bring refinement? You despise books; you whose loves are absorbed in the vanities of ambition, the pursuit of pleasure or indolence; but remember that all the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books. ~ Voltaire7.Are those who dont study history forced to repeat it?Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. ~Herman Hesse8.Do books expose you to good people you might not otherwise meet?The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest of men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts. ~ Rene Descartes9.Are books a part of the Information Age?The rules have changed. True power is held by the person who possesses the largest bookshelf, not gun cabinet or wallet. ~Anthony J. DAngelo10.Do books broaden your horizons?It is books that are a key to the wide world; if you cant do anything else, read all that you can. ~Jane HamiltonHeres to the joys of reading, to hyacinths for the soul!