What does reading do for you?
by Todd Foley
I have been tearing through different books this year and am always blown away by lessons/insights I glean from each story, no matter the genre or subject matter. I know I’m not alone in these experiences.
Yesterday, I stumbled upon an article that beautifully articulated these very feelings. Here’s a snap shot:
“Reading can create an intangible sanctuary where all are invited, regardless of faith, to receive benedictions that send us back into our respective broken worlds with more courage, strength, and hope.”
What about you? What does reading do for you?
Reading gives me so many different perspectives on life that I would otherwise not have without books. It gives me safe glimpses into dangerous situations that I could never see myself in, but it allows me to broaden my view of the world. That is what reading does for me.
Amen to that. It really is powerful how you can enter into the world of someone so different from you. Really teaches us to be more empathetic, eh?
I find so much in books: words that uplift my mood or relax me, minds to wrestle with, things that scare me, questions I never thought of, people I never knew existed who change my perception of what being human means, solutions to problems, of course, ways of approaching a problem, ways of approaching relationships . . . . Unfortunately, all this also means that books are quite dangerous. They are always inviting, always have something to offer, and you forget that life itself will always be the supreme teacher.
Books ARE dangerous things indeed, which is what makes them so valuable. Thanks for speaking into the discussion!
That’s a fitting quote.
Reading helps connect me with people past and present and often makes beautiful sense out of the disorder of the world.
Amen to that, Tony. Amen.