By Jody Hedlund, @JodyHedlund
I have a board over on Pinterest titled: "I Love Reading." And some of my favorite pins are the ones bemoaning the desire to have more reading time like the above pin and then these two (pin credits from Belcastro Agency)
And even though we can chuckle over the pins and dream about having endless hours of uninterrupted reading time, the reality is that many of us struggle to find time to read for pleasure.
And when we do finally make the time, we feel slightly guilty for sitting down and opening up a book.
We're nagged by thoughts of all the hundreds of other things we could (or should) be doing instead of reading (like mending or cleaning or laundry or any other 101 daily responsibilities!).
The truth is, with the busy nature of life, it's all too easy to let reading time take a back burner, isn't it?
But the other truth that I've learned over the years is that there will ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS be something demanding our attention. When we complete one task, another will be waiting for us. Our modern culture is a harsh task master with never-ending to-do lists. We're bombarded with the message that the busier we are the better off we'll be.
So we get ourselves and our kids involved in everything we possibly can until we're running ourselves ragged. We're on the go most of the time, our homes get neglected, and our down-time turns into staring at the TV screen because we're too tired to do anything else.
Reading for pleasure? *Insert high-pitched, witch-like cackle* Who has the time for that these days?
As we kick off the new year of 2013, I'd like us to all make the resolution to RECLAIM OUR TIME.
We need to make the time in our lives for reading and other small pleasures. (You can be sure I'm pointing the finger at myself because I need to do this too!)
We need to add white space back in to our lives that have become over-crowded. Even if many of those activities and things are good, we still need to build down-time into our schedules. If we don't create enough white space, those good things may become burdensome. We may even end up loathing the things we once loved because we've let them drain us until we're empty.
Can we go so far as to say that if we don't add in white space—quiet, meditative, sedentary time—to our daily (or perhaps weekly) schedules, we run the risk of increasing physical and mental health breakdowns?
Does that mean it's safe to say that reading is actually a pleasure we can't ignore? That perhaps it's even good for our health?
Maybe instead of saying "Reading for Pleasure? Who has the time for that?" we should be saying "Reading for Pleasure? You can't afford NOT to make the time."
One final pin that I really love (pin credit from: 4 Ways to Find More Margin in Your Day):