There are a million reasons why I love books, but here are the top three reasons why I love books and hope to encourage you to love them too.
Despite bookstore closings, people are consuming books in many forms: paperback/hardback, ebooks, and audio books.
Reason 1) Books Are a Free or Cheap Source for Priceless Learning
From a free library rental to a $26.99 hardback, books offer endless opportunities for learning. Whatever subject you want to learn about, a problem you want to solve, there’s probably a book written on that. I call that priceless!
Books are like oxygen to me. I must always have at least one book to be reading each day. That’s because I love to learn.
Stories teach us lessons learned. But this learning goes beyond the conscious or intellectual level.
How Books Teach Us on an Unconscious Level
It may seem obvious that you pick up a book to consciously learn something, but there’s unconscious learning that takes place, too.
Let me explain. As a writer, I love to read. In Stephen King’s brilliant book, On Writing (a must have for any writer), he says, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. Reading is the creative center of a writer’s life.”
While he advocates reading from a writer’s perspective for the story telling aspect, character development, and style, I discovered the unconscious rewards in reading a lot. For me, it translated into an expanded vocabulary.
Words will come out of my mouth that I never used before. It’s uncanny (like the word, uncanny). : ) The only explanation I can give to this new phenomenon is my exposure to so many new words.
Reason 2) Books are Portable Entertainment, Escape, and Reduce Stress
You can take any form of book with you wherever you go. Books give you an opportunity to be lost in another world even while sitting next to someone on an airplane, park bench, or beach chair surrounded by people.
You can escape by living through another person’s life via biography or autobiography or through characters that you love in any number of fiction genres.
Books are a great way to relieve stress as you get lost in the pages and forget about the outside world of deadlines and demands.
Reason 3) Books Provide Inspiration, Encouragement, and the Opportunity for Self-Transformation
When my mother turned 92, we decided to become volunteers to help school children who were struggling with reading.
At the orientation, we sat in a big circle. Each person was asked to stand up, introduce themselves, and tell why they wanted to help others with reading.
My mother stood up and said, “You never know when a book will change your life.” Wow! I didn’t see that coming. But it’s so true.
I’m a big believer in being open to any opportunity, whether it’s a book, movie, concert, or hearing a speaker. You never know what nugget of wisdom will speak to you. (By the way, that’s part of living life in FLOW, which is step 3.) Click here for a copy of The Four Steps to FLOW
A Transforming Book Nugget for Me
Three words transformed my life from a book called The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris.
I read the book in 2009. Robert and I had been married for five years. Our first conversation (before we even went on a date) was about Italy. Robert had just returned from a trip there.
We started dating in the fall of 2003. At dinner on New Year’s Eve, we talked about our love for travel and wrote on cocktail napkins all the places we wanted to go.
In The 4-Hour Work Week, it talks about the deferred life plan. Those were the three words.
The deferred life plan is the traditional plan that most of us were raised to follow. You go to college, get a great job, save money, work until you are 65, then do what you want to do with your life in retirement.
Looking at this plan in black and white seems ludicrous! What happens if you have health issues? What happens if you are downsized? There are so many factors to get in the way of this plan. Not to mention the fact that you are deferring your life!
Robert and I had not done any of the traveling that we wrote on those cocktail napkins. After reading the book, we started traveling in earnest. The first trip we took was to Italy in 2013. Since then, we have fulfilled many napkin destinations.
With Robert’s Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2014, we are not wanting to defer what we want to do and are able to do now.
That is just one example of the many books that have transformed my life. Now that I am a published author, I hope that my books will contain nuggets of information to transform someone’s life, too.
Do you have a book that has meant a lot to you? Please share it in the comment section below.
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