Jun 30, 2009

Don't Have Time to Read? I'm Not Buying It!

I hear this from people all the time. I have two thoughts about it:
1) What you are really saying is, "I choose not to read." Or maybe, "I don't like to read [fiction, news, books...whatever.]
2) How did we get here from ancient times when wars were fought over the possession of books?

First of all, it's simply not true that someone doesn't have time to read. When people say this it's like they're trying to make themselves appear super important, like they're as busy as a CEO. But wait, CEOs read, don't they? They read books, newspapers, web sites, blogs...they have to keep a finger on the pulse of society and trends. Even busy people find time to read. I simply cannot buy into the fact there is no free time in a person's day. We wait in line at the grocery. We wait at the hair salon, the doctor's office, the dentist. You can choose to bring your own reading material or read a six-month-old People Magazine in the waiting room, but either way you're choosing to read--or not, but it's a choice. Another choice is music, talk radio, or audio books. People spend lots of time in cars. There IS time to read!

Did you know that St. Columcille (founder of Iona) so coveted a book that he snuck off and copyed it at night by candlelight? (Or, as the legend goes, he did not need candles because his fingers were luminous.) When he was discovered, he refused to give his copy back. Books were so rare and valuable that a war was fought over it. And the result was that Columcille end up living in Iona instead of Ireland. (Well, the result was actually more earth shattering than that!) You can read about this in my new book, Celtic Wisdom.

But whatever you do, don't say you don't have time to read!

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