To be, to have, to think, to move — which of these verbs is the one you feel most connected to? Or is there another verb that characterizes you better?
I don’t want to just BE; to HAVE isn’t terribly important to me. To think? Now we’re getting closer, but I need something more specific. To move? Well, that’s wonderful, but someday I may not be able to do so.
Hmmmm. I know. Yes, I’ve got it!
To read! Of course! What would life be without books, papers, magazines, websites, all manner of things to read? After all, in order to read one needs to be, to have, to think. Not neccessarily to move 🙂
To read is to grow, to learn, to improve, to enjoy, to relax, to share, to laugh, to cry, to yearn, to imagine, to fly, to empathize. It is to ponder on someone else’s ideas and experiences, and possibly to increase one’s own ideas and experiences.
I learned to knit by reading. I learned to play the piano and the organ, the violin and even the harmonica and my concertina by reading. Cooking, baking, sewing, quilting, singing, rearing children, improving my marriage, reaching out to others, doing the counseling work I’m doing now–reading was a part of all those things.
Most important of all, it is by reading my Bible that I learn about God, learn to love Him more each day, learn to understand about life, about the human heart and mind, about other people.
Reading. One of the greatest gifts of my entire life.