Why do we so often feel guilty when we pick up a book we really want to read, find a quiet corner, and get lost in a story? If someone happens to call while I am indulging in one of these rare moments, I secretly hope they won’t ask what I’m doing right then! Seriously, who wants to appear that lazy?
Do you ever have those rainy weekend afternoons with a long list of things you should be doing, but you really just want to pick up a book you’ve been dying to lay your hands on? Instead you fold the laundry, run the errands, and otherwise efficiently work your way down your to-do list.
Confession: I feel a little sheepish when I steal a couple of undistracted hours reading for sheer enjoyment.
Let’s define “sheer enjoyment.” It could mean any number of things to you, but this is what it means to me:
- Reading what I want to read, not something I need to read for any variety of reasons.
- Reading when I want to read, not because I am stealing a few minutes between other responsibilities.
- Sitting down with a book in hand, not listening to an audio book while my hands are otherwise busy being productive.
We’ve all heard the old expression “take a mental health day.” As someone who previously worked in corporate human resources, it’s something I saw often (no judgment here! 😉). But what about a reading health day?
Let’s face it: there will always be something “productive” that needs to be done, something “more important” that needs to be read, or some other useful pursuit in which we probably “should” be engaged. Once in a while, however, take that reading health day and just get lost in a good story! I can pretty much guarantee you won’t regret it (even if you are pulling clean clothes out of the bottom of the laundry basket on Monday morning!).Make a 'reading health day' part of your #literary #lifestyle! #bookishlybetter #write31days Click To Tweet
If you could spend an afternoon reading any book on your list, which one would it be? Please tell me in the comments, because I’ll probably go add it to my own list!
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