My Brain is Tired
I’ve been under the weather for the last few days. How much TV can one person watch before they lose their minds? It’s not much for me. In my old age, I’m finding I have less and less tolerance for stupid story lines. So I spent most of yesterday in bed, reading a book called Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars. It’s a business book, written as a fable, and a quick and interesting read. Believe me when I say this… I am not a big fan of most business books, but this one is good. Even though it’s a good book, I was definitely surprised when I finished it in about three hours.
In the preceding days, I’d also finished a book entitled The Weight of Water and another one entitled Redeeming Love. Both of those books are novels that I’d been working on for awhile and was able to finish when I had the time to just sit and read. I also finished reading a magazine that was recently published with an article that I wrote – God, Please Help Me through this Wilderness. I hadn’t had a chance to read all the other articles in it yet and when I had the time, I read through them.
I don’t think I’ve told anyone what I read and it never occurred to me to do so. Then my sister called this morning. When I told her I just wasn’t feeling right, but am not sure what’s wrong, she said,
“Well, maybe your brain is just tired from all that reading.”
“What?” I replied, wondering if she’s installed hidden cameras in my house. “I haven’t talked to you in days. How do you know I’ve been reading a lot?”
Katie kind of laughed and said, “You didn’t have to tell me you’d been reading. Some things never change.”
What followed was a sincere attempt on my part to justify my reading, followed by her making fun of me for not watching Lifetime movies all day but reading a business book. She thought I should at least be reading romance novels… My sister was also quite amused at my shock that she knew I’d been reading. I tried to tell her that there are months on end when I rarely pick up a book, but I guess that’s probably not true. I’m always reading something.
The thing is, there’s just so much to learn and so little time. What better way to learn than to read? How does a person get better at their job, at relationships, or at life if they don’t read? My friend Reneé says one of these days she’ll catch me walking around with a pocket protector. I don’t know about that, but I do know that the best place to stash a book you can’t find the time to read is in the bathroom.
Thus, there will be a new section of my blog called What I’m Reading. Not that any of you will care that much, but just in case you’re interested…
What I’m Reading:
Making Small Groups Work – Cloud and Townsend
Redeeming Love – Francine Rivers
What I Recently Read:
Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars – Patrick Lencioni
The Weight of Water – Anita Shreve
God, Please Help Me Through This Wilderness – assorted authors (including me :-)) DemmeHouse Publishing