TAKE SOME TIME TO READ THIS SUNDAY
Are you a book lover? You surely know the situation when you enter a bookstore or read about a recommendation online and find yourself buying a book or two even though you still have some unread ones at home. And when the books begin to pile up, so does your guilt.
Our days seem riddled with work and errands and as we don’t want our social life to come to a halt, we tend to fill our last free time with coffee, lunch or dinner dates. Chances are you’ve said to yourself at least once that you need to read more but feel you simply don’t have time?
It’s about time to make reading a priority and “time-to-read” a fixture of your everyday life. Not just a few pages here and there, I am talking about a whole day just for reading. Something like: Weekdays are for work and socializing, Saturdays for errands and friends, and Sundays are for reading, and nothing but reading.
It has a notion of the past, when the holiness of a Sunday was undisputed and working and being busy on this day frowned upon. Sundays were for rest, and we do need this! Make it all about you and your time, precious me-time that often gets off second best as humans are social beings that need the company of others (and yes, money also must come in somehow). Don’t be too strict with yourself but do it once in a while, as it is truly rewarding.
Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be.
What you read is actually not that important, fiction, non-fiction, newspaper, your favorite magazine or any publication to catch up on – it is all about the dedication, the time and room you make for it. Reading sharpens the mind and makes the soul dance. Something non-fiction is feeding the brain and expanding knowledge and wisdom, and reading a novel vaults you into another world until you become one with the narrator or protagonist.
It’s a true time out, where thoughts and problems don’t interfere or play a role, a very simple yet effective way to shut everything and everyone out for once, and this is why this day will leave you revitalized and inspired. Rested.
Once you have decided on Sunday as your reading day, a sensation of freedom might rush over you in the morning. A whole free day ahead without any plans, so you only need to choose where – do you feel like snuggling on the sofa or bed with the new novel from your favorite author, or going out to a café early in the morning with the weekend newspaper on your own, surrounded by people yet so absorbed in your reading that you forget the world around you, before you go home to read on? When the days get colder why not indulge in a lush, hot bath in the daytime, sink into the soft foam, and get lost in your reading?
As you can see, it’s about savoring the ceremony, about the luxury to be able to ‘waste’ a whole day just on reading, about the treasure of turning page after page after page – relish the whole reading experience!
At the end of this day you will be rich with thoughts and words, calm and resting, at peace. The reading hunger stilled for now, with nothing left but satisfaction.