I recently realized that I have gotten OUT of practice with reading. I mean I read e-mails, some picture books and a few blogs but I have gotten out of the practice of getting lost in a good book. It started slowly…I was seduced by the seemingly endless possibilities of Netflix and Hulu plus. So many shows to catch up with and so little time. Plus these make the perfect accompaniment to my knitting and while I can read and knit, the patterns I was trying out were a little more complicated than before. And honestly? I really like watching TV.
There is lunch but walking to my spot and pulling out my book only gave me a few minutes of time to read. or my phone was distracting me because I just HAD to know what everybody was tweeting…KWIM? The one or two times I have to wait for an appointment has been gobbled up by those dang forms that always need to be filled out. (Like dude!? Don’t you KNOW who I am?)
So how do you practice the art of reading? Make an appointment with yourself…I prefer to spend that sweet spot of right before bed or the early in the morning while sipping a cuppa. Just pull out a book…one page turns into two turns into three turns into a chapter. Don’t read stuff that you don’t want to…life is way too short and there are way too many books waiting to keep reading a book that you aren’t quite getting into (I’m talking to you “The Girl on the Train”) and just open the page.
This was my 5(ish) minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five(ish) minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…
- Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
- Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. This is writing in the raw.
- Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
- Link back to this post (feel free to use the SOC Sunday graphic).
- Add your post to the link up
- Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.