SmithsonianTo expand understanding or gain knowledge from the written word

A library is a hospital for the mind.  Anonymous

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Joseph Addison 

You are the person you are going to be except for the books you read and the people you meet. Author Unknown

Knowledge is power. We acquire knowledge by living through our experiences. This includes both good and bad. From this knowledge comes our wisdom. Our innate intelligence facilitates turning knowledge and experience into wisdom. This process works together to help us to get a better handle on how to live life.

As we gain more knowledge and wisdom, the likelihood that we will be rewarded with a better life increases. Logically, anything we do to gain knowledge, the more likely it is our life will be better for it. One available avenue we have available, but so many poorly utilize, is the opportunity to learn and grow through reading.

We literally have the world at our fingertips through the written word. It has been said that you are the person you are going to be, except for the people you meet and the books you read. There are books written about every conceivable subject. The average person of average intelligence has the ability and the opportunity to become literally an expert on virtually any subject. This can be done through reading and understanding enough books about any chosen subject. If we would stop to consider the possibilities, we should be awed by the possibilities that are available. It is said that Abraham Lincoln became a learned man through reading books by the dim light from his fireplace. Benjamin Franklin is another such example. Each of us has access to a vast storehouse of knowledge. It is a tragedy if we allow this to go to waste. If we are not learning and growing, in some respects it can be said that we are dying. If we do not feed our brains, then we are extremely wasteful and negligent.

Even a minimal commitment can result in a cumulative learning that is staggering. Reading thirty minutes per day can result in approximately one book per week or about fifty books per year. In ten years that amounts to five hundred books; in twenty: one thousand. Think of all the knowledge available to us. It is there to enrich our lives. Our learning should absolutely never stop.

Consider the personal growth, knowledge, wisdom and accomplishments awaiting us. It is like Aladdin’s lamp waiting for us to make and receive our wishes. We painfully shortchange ourselves and irrevocably deprive ourselves by not taking full advantage of the opportunity to read and grow.

Challenge:  Are you taking advantage of the awesome benefits available to you by reading? If so, good. If not, please consider the obvious possibilities. A better life awaits you. You are infinitely capable of learning and growing. Learning requires “feeding” yourself. Please consider committing to at least thirty minutes per day of reading. A better you and a better life will be the reward for your commitment and diligence.

Wisdom: You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.  Ray Bradbury

Spiritual: (NIV)

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt.: 6:33

He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. Isiah 2:3

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

Those that are truly seeking wisdom and answers to life are the ones who are most likely committed to personal growth and development. These same individuals are likely to find knowledge and wisdom along the way.  Those that truly seek truth are likely to bump into God along the way. The Bible tells us that those who seek God will find him. It also says that the truth shall set us free. God gives us freedom. Reading the Bible is so good.

Prayer:   Help me to be committed to learning and growing. Help me to achieve my potential.


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