How often do you get a chance to read? Most of us are reading all day and don’t even realize it. We check our phones and our social media accounts to find status updates and articles posted. I read one and then the comments and before I know it I’m deep into a discussion that doesn’t even involve me. I haven’t even commented on it…I haven’t even seen this person since high school! It’s like cooking a frog. You boil them slowly so they don’t know they need to jump out until it’s too late. The negativity that comes into my home, into my mind, has seeped in slowly. And all of a sudden I realize it has affected my behavior, my mood and in some cases my family.
What you read gets you through the storm…
My kids are currently laying in the backyard as I write this and I watch them in awe at how much I have to be thankful for. But being a mom is hard, life is hard! This week my family received two separate sets of bad news and I am deeply sadden by the loss. Often in life we find ourselves so buried we cannot find the surface. And lately I’ve been wondering what it is I can do to lift my spirits. Something to give me that little extra boost to the top. And then I opened my copy of the newly published Magnolia Journal and read it cover to cover. I’ve read it 3 times now and I can’t seem to get enough. The Magnolia Journal is full of uplifting and humbling stories. So if you can’t find a copy, find something else that is uplifting to read. Read it daily. Read scriptures daily. Read read read! I know I don’t have much time before I am handed something sticky or asked “why” for the 100th time in an hour so anything short and sweet will do the trick.
You are what you read…
I read a lot of DIY tutorials, household tips, and posts titled “the best ways to”… it’s the nature of my job. Plus I am constantly researching blogging, photography, and how to gain more followers. I don’t think as bloggers we intend to turn it into a popularity contest but even I get sucked into all the things I could do better or how I am not enough. Those words are rarely ever written in a blog post, at least not in the ones I am reading, but my brain internalizes it that way and I wish I could just flip the switch and turn it off.
And that is exactly what I need to do. I need to shut my laptop and leave my phone in another room and open up a good book. In high school and collage I could tell you exactly what kind of books I like to read but these days I am lucky to get one page in before I am interrupted. I’m considering checking out some biographies at the library because we can learn so much from others. But find what you like by reading a variety.
Your kids see what you read…
I am amazed what my 4 year old has picked up from the few shows I let him watch on Netflix. From the Octonauts he’s learned about all kinds of creatures and how caring for them and their environment is important. He can name every type of construction vehicle from Mighty Machines. He says things like “look at all of this destruction Mommy!” and “That’s not Shamu that’s an orca!” His vocabulary is amazing! And yet, what has he learned from what I’ve read to him or from what I am reading. I’m not trying to put myself down here, I am reminding myself that he can learn those things from me too! But I have to learn it first! Read to educate yourself so you can educate your kids. Your knowledge, your language, your emotions, are all passed down to them from observing you.
It took me a long time after having kids to be able to enjoy reading again. It’s hard being distracted. Instead of reading I learned to build my talents through other means. I would take classes. There are so many things you can learn from online classes or taking a class at the Home Depot or having a girls’ night of crafting.
So what books are you reading? I would love to hear some recommendations in the comments below!
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