Dear Savvy Readers,
The Savvy Sister has been encountering more and more people who don’t read her blogs, which she does not find as shocking as you might expect. Some people prefer to read Dr. Phil’s new book entitled Life Code: New Rules for Winning in the Real World. Dr. Phil himself says his book is excellent, and he should know. He’s Dr. Phil.
What’s alarming, however, is the number of people who tell me they “don’t have time” to read my blog, or that they “don’t have time to read.”
This makes me all WHAT? You don’t have time to read my blog? Because I don’t have time to stand here and listen to you tell me that you don’t have time to read my blog, but heck, here I am, and in those 90 seconds you just wasted I could have read Frank Bruni’s column in the New York Times. Not having time to read is like not having time to brush your teeth. Keep it up, and something’s going start rotting right out of your head.
Do you not have time to read? Let’s talk.
Despite the best efforts of our kindergarten teachers, we’re becoming a society of aliterates – people who know how to read, but choose not to. And I get that! Here are the things I should be doing right this second instead of reading:
training my dog to stop eating socks
scraping penicillin off the baseboards of the house
hosing rat feces out of the garage
But I’m writing this chastising missive instead, and then I’m going to go READ. Because it’s the best way I know to improve my perspective, my smarts, and my vocabulary. Right now, I am reading Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity. It’s a nonfiction novel describing a year in the life of poor families living in the slums of India. Crazy good.
The busiest, most influential people IN THE WORLD are often the most voracious readers – because they know it makes them better people. President Obama. The Dalai Lama. Too left wing? Try BILL “butthead” O’REILLY. He reads like crazy.
When parents make the choice to read, it teaches their children that learning extends far past the confines of formal education, and that they can broaden their horizons without the drudgery of homework. Certainly I learned a lot in school. But I’ve gained far more knowledge since then, thanks to the thousands of writers more talented than me who convincingly string words together.
Now, the Sister loves when people read her blogs. But blogs aren’t for everyone. People who prefer to read the Wall Street Journal, 50 Shades of Grey, or Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends & Influence People will hear no complaints from me. None. Any type of reading allows you to exercise your brain, and flexing those mental muscles can really, truly lead you to a better state of mind. And, in the case of 50 Shades, a better state of….being. Yeah. I definitely learned some things from that book.
So. READ, people. Every day. And occasionally, you should visit my blog. I’ll try to make it worth what limited time you have.
Sincerely, the Savvy Sister