Confessions of A Lover
of Books and Learning
Many of us love to read. Some of us who love to read the most are introverts, so I went to the source to find out what it’s all about.
There’s a great readers’ survey on TheIntrovertzCoach ( www.theintrovertzcoach.com ) and yes, Easy Reader that I am, I participated.
Here are two things that seem to be true of people who have developed a love of reading:
One reader wrote, “Almost as many drinks of water as I’ve taken. Can’t begin to guess.” Hundreds and thousands seem to be the norm.
When a parent or loved one teaches us to read, it’s associated with a loving atmosphere.
Many people who love to read tell me that being read to was a regular part of their life as a child.
My father read to me and my sister every night, without fail. The books he chose even my mother had to object to at times – “Black Arrow,” and “The Three Musketeers,” for instance, but it really didn’t matter to me. I loved hearing my father’s voice, and I picked up his obvious love of literature. He approached each reading session with enthusiasm, more in the nonverbals than in anything he said, but certainly I could tell it was something he really looked forward to.
He would pick up the clearly-beloved book, and settle back in the chair, sigh and assume a posture of – ahhh, at last. What a wonderful way to transmit a love of learning.
When I was ready to go to college, and was kind of dubious, he told me I’d like it a lot more than high school. He said “The kids are nicer, and the level of learning is much more enjoyable. You won’t have to memorize much.”
Those pat phrases – “reading broadens you” and “learning enriches your life,” were lived in my household. Yes, my father worked. Yes, he did things around the house. Yes, when he settled in to read us a book at night it seemed the part of the day he most looked forward to.
Lifelong learning appears to be one of the qualities that builds our Resilience. Research by Al Siebert, Ph.D., has found that people who are resilient have incorporated learning in every stage of their life instead of abandoning “learning” after high school or college.
One reason I love reading is that it’s always available. When you’re stuck in a traffic jam, or waiting for a late-running soccer practice to end, or getting a prescription filled at the pharmacy, or stuck at work with nothing to do, you can always get on the internet and read, or pull out a book.
Reading and learning are available under most conditions. There were years (before the Internet) when I couldn’t afford books and I would go to the public library. There were also used book fairs, and now there are used book stores.
There’s also the used book option at amazon.com, as well as the plethora of free learning material on the Internet. You don’t have to spend a cent, and you don’t have to leave your house.
What do you think?
Here’s to the joys of reading, to hyacinths for the soul!
Susan Dunn, M.A., is an executive coach, speaker, writer, and author of a series of ebooks on emotional intelligence. She is dedicated to bringing EQ into the workplace with seminars and workshops, individual coaching, and adjunctive distance learning courses. Visit her on the web at www.susandunn.cc and mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for a free ezine about EQ in the workplace. Please put "EQ" in the subject line.
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