Let’s not get too serious right? Hmm…. Okay.
Why? Why shouldn’t we be serious in life. We should all work towards being serious in life. Oh well, I’m trying to be, so you can join me.
Let’s talk about the art of reading. I remember back then in my University days, I really didn’t like reading anything! Trust me, from MTH119 down to James Hardley Chase; I would start a little from the beginning and then head towards the last page…. Academic related books were opened a month to exams, and yea I did suffer the results. So I decided to end it. I’ll always talk about this guy who I met through my friend, Eno, who would always ask me “So, what book are you reading now?” In my mind I’m like “….inspirational speaker, please leave me alone!” But as our paths continually crossed and with such questions always popping out, I decided to just give in. On one occasion, I lied that I was reading a book by Pst. Chris Oyakhilome – actually I had the book, but hadn’t opened it – next thing he asked, “So what is it about?” “Jezz! What’s this one now,” I muttered under my breath and just quickly formed up a lie based on the topic of the book. But one thing it did to me was develop a reading culture. Now I honestly wish I can see him and tell him how he impacted my life so much!
2018 was that year I took that giant leap and decided to have a reading plan. I joined a reading club online and the books started pouring in. But then the challenge of following judiciously took over. I couldn’t finish a book, I just couldn’t. I was always caught up with one distraction or the other! Towards the end of last year, I had to do a self audit and really face the truth – that I had been messed up with fear and doubts of never being able to be the best that I kept sinking in it! I had to get out and fast! So I prayed – yes, prayer is ALWAYS the first option for me – and talked to ABBA about it. Then, I started making moves, practical moves. I put up a 4hourly reminder alarm, at the fourth hour I would pick up a book and read. I would purposely pack a book to work, just so that when I open my bag to bring out my phone and chat I’d see the book and take that out instead. And did it work, yup. Did I miss the timing sometimes, oh yes! But that consciousness to always read was ignited. I also started listening to inspirational mentors that keep motivating me to do more.
In 2019 you can have a reading plan. Even as you’re setting those spiritual goals, eating goals, set READING GOALS!!!
Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.” – Lemony Snicket
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. Lewis
“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary.” – Jim Rohn
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss
“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx
“‘Classic’ – a book which people praise and don’t read.” – Mark Twain
“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury