Summer = Renewal, Relaxing, and Reading!

In spite of the wretched heat in Texas, summer is still one of my favorite times of the year. How do you feel about the summer months? To me, it is a perfect time to evaluate and possibly renew our commitment to a goal made on January 1st and broken on January 5th. Relaxing is a huge part of summer, and an exotic location isn’t needed. My wife and I will sit in our garage and watch the rain storms in lawn chairs (until the tornado sirens go off). It seems a popular commitment is getting caught up on books during the summer. A few thoughts about reading. I recently listened to a podcast by entrepreneur and speaker Ed Mylett (a great one to follow on social media if you need a kick of inspiration and motivation). Ed mentions that he intentionally wrote his best selling book less than 100 pages because of the short attention spans of readers – if they are going to even read at all. He also commented on how the majority of everyone is busy and multitasking – thus the rise in podcasts, audiobooks, and even the comeback of radio. A few years ago it was all about having videos to promote whatever we were trying to get out “there”. Now the shift is audio because people can access it in their cars,  while working out, on a flight, cleaning the house, or waiting forever in the doctor’s office. Ed also mentioned that another change is people wanting information, knowledge, and self-improvement instead of listening to music. Anyway, back to reading. Here is the reprint of an article I wrote for a blog called “The Nerdy Book Club.” Please let me know your thoughts on it or anything else mentioned above in the comments section 🙂

REMOTE CONTROL READING BY DAVID RISCHE
POSTED BY CBETHM ON FEBRUARY 25, 2019

Maybe you have the same problem I do. I love to read. Not only to be reading one book but multiple books at the same time. Currently on my nightstand, there are books about archeology, comedy, magic, Greek mythology, crockpot cooking, and my faith. I don’t know how or when I developed this habit, it was never encouraged by any of my teachers.  Maybe it is that love of mysteries and me wanting to know the end (even if the book is non-fiction). Perhaps I don’t have the patience to read one book at a time. All the while wondering what is going on in those other books? I can’t help that I have a multitude of curiosities about life and the world we live in.

I call it Remote Control Reading. Just like many of us “surf” from channel to channel endlessly on the television – the same thing can happen by changing from one book to another. Not even finishing a chapter in the book on the top of your pile before switching to a book at the bottom. Does this sound familiar? Included with this practice is the nagging voice in the back of our minds questioning, “Am I ever going to finish any of these books???”

I’m here to proclaim freedom to you – It is 100% okay to read multiple books at one time! I already mentioned how many of us flip from channel to channel without thinking about it. Reflecting on the foods we enjoy – that’s what a buffet is all about. How about the vast amount of restaurant choices that swarm our minds every time we contemplate going out to eat? The movies would be boring if there weren’t so many different genres of films available. How about the different styles of music we constantly switch to for one day?

Not only is it okay to participate in Remote Control Reading – here are three other areas about reading that you’ve maybe felt guilty or even shamed about – and each one of them is completely all right!!!

It’s okay to not finish a book. This one took me a long time to get over, especially if I paid money for it. I was an adult when I finally would accept this. What makes this situation even worse is when you receive a book as a gift from someone like Aunt Gertrude and she says, “This is perfect for you – let me know what you think about it when you’re finished.” It is a subject she is passionate about and you have no interest in it. Plus, the book is 400 pages long. Yikes!
It’s okay to fall asleep while reading. We might think, “Ugh – I’m never going to finish this book – I keep falling asleep!” No problem. What a great way to calm your body, mind, and brain – and perhaps you’re adding some creative material to your subconscious for dreams that night! Think about how much screen time you’ve had during the day. Will being on our electronic devices lead us into a deeper sleep – or move us toward unintentionally wiring ourselves up?
It’s okay to not like electronic books. Some folks love having a portable library on their electronic devices. They can bring their entire collection with them to the beach, on an airplane, or while sitting in a waiting room. I tried it – and personally can’t stand it. Part of my love for books comes from displaying them, accumulating collections, marking them up with pens and highlighters, physically sharing them with others, and smelling them (just kidding, sort of). Plus, electronic screens are not the best way to calm your mind and brain down before going to bed (see #2 for a great suggestion how)!
So next time you catch yourself reading multiple books at one time – enjoy and embrace it – and do not feel one ounce of guilt! You are part of a select group – The Remote Control Readers!

Blessings,

Dave 🙂

https://www.amazon.com/author/davidrische

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About David Rische

Christian, husband, father, grandfather, principal, teacher, writer and encourager. David lives in Keller, Texas and has been in public education for over 19 years. He enjoys family time, biking, reading, NFL and MLB, magic, board games, movies and making people laugh.
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7 Responses to Summer = Renewal, Relaxing, and Reading!

  1. Gail Rische says:

    Liked this one very much since I love to read..usually now never more than two books at a time not counting devotional books. I also have tons of magazine subscriptions but usually only read two/three at a time—one stack is in the living room and one on the kitchen island. Also, the newspaper every day…..Then there is all the reading on the computer. I do not like electronic books either. I LOVE to go into a library—-love it—and select my books. Always come out with so many. When I was younger and the only library around where I lived was a book mobile every week and I couldn’t wait till it would come to get my stack of books always including Nancy Drew books. And, to go into a book store is the BEST. Could spend hours and hours.. To get into a book you can take some of your worries away, you can definitely relax, you learn and learn and learn. You enjoy, you think. Some days you wake up and say, wait, that was in my book last night not my real life 🙂 :). This reading always makes me think our eyes are so important. I am so thankful for eyes to read and read and read.

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  2. Joe Arciniega says:

    Hi David;
    I agree with all 3 points on Reading books. Thanks for confirming that I’m not too unique!
    Great seeing & visiting with you at TEPSA. You have been a positive influence on many during your career!
    God Bless & have a great year ahead!
    Joe Arciniega
    MentoringMinds

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  3. Hannah Rische says:

    I love the part about reading at the end, especially about not having to finish a book! Good advice haha.

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  4. Christa says:

    I also remote control read. I think it means that I like to learn and entertain my brain with fantasy and mystery, like I once did with toys and make-believe as a kid. It’s nice to go inside your mind and escape the real world. Although I do have audible books, it’s never quite the same as holding the real thing, or finishing the last chapter and wanting to announce to everyone, “well, that’s over,” feeling both satisfaction as well as loss.

    Thanks for sharing!

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