We are sitting in an oral surgeon’s waiting room this morning. Our 13-year old is having her wisdom teeth pulled. I am waiting and relishing the opportunity to read something that is hanging on this long rack of great magazines right by my chair. I have a book with me, but these are just too enticing. They are all current (what a miracle!) and include TV Guide, Time, Boy’s Life (which I used to read when I was a kid), People, Golf Digest, and Sports Illustrated.
Isn’t it something that there are things to read nearly everywhere we go? The sheer number of words hanging here on this wall beside me…millions, trillions…who knows?
One thing in common among them is that they are all written from a point of view. Somebody wants us to read these words. They tout some wisdom, be it cheap and shoddy or profound and priceless. It may be a whole article, a paragraph, or just a sentence, but if you read anything you know what I mean when I say that there will often come that moment when the lightbulb goes off while you’re reading…and a whole new world of thought (aka wisdom) opens before your eyes.
All of that to say this – reading is too important to not find a way to enjoy it. If my daughters come home with a book that they start reading and decide they don’t like, we get a new book! Life is too short to waste time reading a book or article (unless of course it is necessary for you to read either for school or work or to improve something about your life) that you can’t find a way to enjoy. I have friends who have nearly given up on getting their little boys to read because nothing interests them. But that’s just not true – there is something that interests them and sometimes it takes some time to figure out what that something is. Here’s a hint though – it may not be a book in the true sense of the word. It might be a comic book or a magazine or an instruction manual or an encyclopedia or a Ripley’s Believe it or Not/Guinness Book of World of Records fact book or a cookbook or a map or a brochure. Reading is everywhere and is everywhere available!
I remember the day my dad bought me The Empire Strikes Back movie book in script form. It was the published screenplay (from my favorite of the Star Wars movies) and included original artwork from Lucas and his team and even had the stage cues and camera angle ideas typed or written into the margins. It was the coolest bit of reading I had done at that point in my life and it was a turning point for me in helping me look at the library and at bookstores for the things I wanted to read.
Here is an excellent article from Scholastic about the subject that I hope you’ll take a minute to read. It is a short list that just might give you one of those “lightbulb” moments of wisdom (with or without the teeth!). Just click on the photo below and it will take you direct to the article at Scholastic: