I love to read. When I was a child, and my parents would tell me to go outside and play, I’d often just grab a book and go sit in the yard to read.
I have a problem, though. I don’t make as much time as I would like to read. I’m a pretty busy person. A lot of my time is committed to other people and projects that I have on the go. So squeaking in a few moments here and there to read can sometimes be pretty tricky. Or else it means not doing something else.
I already don’t watch television. I will sometimes borrow movies from the library, though even that is pretty infrequent. I’m working on making sure I journal regularly, and getting enough sleep. All of this means less reading time.
I have a book shelf (and now an iPhone) full of books. All of them call out to me to read and learn from. Most of the books I want to read are self-development or spiritually based, though I do have some mind-candy (fiction) in there as well to mix things up.
I find now, though, that my attention span for books isn’t quite as long as it used to be. Computers and modern technology have given me a form of ADD – if its not extremely engaging, or if the story is moving too slowly, my mind wants to switch to something else. Change the channel, so to speak.
I’m not sure what the solution is here. I spend much of my work day at the computer. Then there’s email and marketing to do on the computer when I get home from work. So unplugging entirely isn’t really an option (though at times, it does seem like a blissful dream).
If I am not as responsive to email or Facebook or comments on the blog here for a while, I ask your forgiveness. Chances are I have my nose in a book.