This post is Part 7 of a 10 part series that is an extension of this post I wrote on the subject of the importance of introducing some regular Digital Detox time in our lives. In that post I listed 10 Good Reasons to introduce regular Digital Detox time into our lives. Each week for 10 weeks I will expand a little on each of those 10 reasons listed. If you haven’t already, you might like to check out: Part 1 – De-Clutter Your Mind, Part 2 – Reconnect to the Present, Part 3 – Conduct a Self-Audit, Part 4 – Get Outdoors in Nature, Part 5 – Chip away at those extra elusive little chores and Part 6 – Spend some time with your loved ones. This week we look at:
Read a book!
Let’s face it – life can sometimes get a little too serious and sometimes we just feel overwhelmed with so many responsibilities!
Reading can provide both escapism and passive learning. It doesn’t matter how old we are, we can all learn new stuff every single day of our lives! Escapism and learning is not a self-indulgence. It’s good for the soul! We all deserve it and we can all benefit from it!
Reading can also be good for mental stimulation, stress reduction, learning new words, and improving your memory, concentration and focus!
In the digital world we live in, you could say that we are reading all the time BUT there is a big difference between reading online content and switching off and escaping to another world by reading a book.
Many people read on Kindles these days and that’s ok but I personally prefer to hold an actual book in my hands and turn the pages. Curling up somewhere comfy with a book is such a comforting thing to do. It’s my idea of relaxation!
My love of reading started when I was a child. It was so excitingly magical and wonderful that by reading a book I could be transported to another place and time. Reading allowed my imagination to run wild. I loved it and still do! When I was a child my favourite author was Enid Blyton. A couple of favourites of hers were: ‘Shadow the Sheepdog‘ and ‘The Hollow Treehouse’. I actually had a dog named ‘Shadow’ as a child who I had named after the dog in the ‘Shadow the Sheepdog’ book. Many years later, the first dog I owned after being married was a Maltese who I named ‘Shaddi’ in memory of my childhood dog ‘Shadow’.
As an adult, I still love to be swept away in a book to another place and time. If it is a book I have really loved I’m usually sad when I finish it, having become fond of the characters, and I miss them when it ends. This is why I adore book series! Finish one. Start another!
The photograph used today features my childhood Enid Blyton book ‘Shadow the Sheepdog‘ and the book I am currently reading ‘A Table in the Orchard‘ by Michelle Crawford – a book that has swept me away to a little farmhouse in the Huon Valley in Tasmania surrounded in fruit trees and vegetable and herb gardens with a wood-fired stove and smoke curling out of its chimney!
Just for a bit of cute, here’s what the ‘child me’ inscribed on the inside of the ‘Shadow the Sheepdog‘ book:
This is an excellent book for children of any age, 8 – on and on till adult. It was given to me by Dad’s mother when she came to visit us at Mitchell. Enid Blyton is an excellent writer.
So there you have it!
Do you love reading? Do you read on a kindle or prefer the old-fashioned way?
Ciao for now,
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