When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.
After all, life is a journey and we sail through all the challenges in it to reach the destination. As we only have one lifetime, we must give it our best shot.
There are times, however, when ‘gets going’ might not be the best choice to make. Sometimes, life makes us wait and that is when the anchor plays its role. It will make sure that the ship is secure firmly in its position. It doesn’t mean there is no challenge in that though.
Not only we must be willing to wait but what we do while waiting may also be a challenge in itself. More often than not, we try to make things right while waiting which might not end up well. So waiting is not an easy thing to do and each of us deal with it in different ways.
I prefer waiting by escaping reality and coming back renewed.
How? By reading books.
As ‘Carpe Librum’ (which means ‘Seize the book’) is one of my favourite Latin phrases, reading is on top of my list of things to do while waiting.
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” ― Oscar Wilde
Shortly after the bookworm in me was unleashed in 2002, I started building my personal library. Now that I have been doing so for more than a decade, there are three things I can say about reading in my book.
First is the mindset
Looking at the vast choices I have once I enter a library, for instance, I try not to limit myself when it comes to the kind of books to read. There are so many things we can learn and while we don’t have to agree with everything we read, surely there is at least one thing we can learn from them.
I’m grateful for the life example I’ve got from my dad who is a Christian yet has read almost all of the holy books from other personal believes. He always reminds me how important it is to be willing to consider new ideas. After that, we can practice our freedom of choice to choose which way we want to go.
So being open-minded when choosing the books to read is how I do it.
My still growing personal library
Second is the transition
I had an accident when I was a kid and it had something to do with books! One day, I bought new books in a small store across the street and I loved them! I kept on checking them out while crossing the street on my way home. As the results, I got hit by a biker and ended up with a couple of stitches above my right eyebrow. Unfortunately, the books didn’t survive because my blood were on them. I guess that shows how much I love books.
Nowadays, it has been a bit challenging for me to face the fact that it can be easier to access digital books than the real ones. Not to mention the comfort I get from the thoughts that e-books might save some forests from having their trees cut to make papers for the books I read. So as much as I love the smell of a new book in my hands, I have been trying to get used to reading the electronic ones.
I have also recently changed the way I catalog my library by using an application on my mobile devices instead of writing them down on my notebooks. It wasn’t easy at first but things have changed in life so I have to adjust. I’ve got no plan on abandoning real books and going with e-books only but balance is definitely needed. I don’t know how many book lovers agree with this though.
Third is ‘to judge or not to judge’
I suppose we are familiar with the expressions ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ and ‘Don’t judge a book by its movie’. Those are easier said than done sometimes! Luckily, I can get the much needed help to choose which books to read by the nice recommendations from other people both on-line and in the real life. I can’t be more grateful for the way they opened doors to new things in life!
Needless to say, I have met great people who share the same interests as I do in regards to book genres. Even after new challenges emerge when people judge others by what books they have on their bookshelves, I can pretty much say that I don’t mind that at all! That is how we decide which ‘book club’ to join anyway.
Besides, I don’t read books to impress others.
I do it because I love reading.
Other books based on specific topics
When I approach reading with an open mind that is willing to accept changes and differences with other people, there is no limit to what I can learn by doing it. How a book can make me escape reality in a good way and come back renewed is a great blessing indeed! In the end, reading a good book does not make the waiting process faster nor does it make things right. The way a book makes me smile after I finish reading it does feel right!
Care to share your favourite books and recommendations?