Before I start and just in case you hadn’t figured it out quite yet: My new goal (reflecting the realities of my professional existence) is to post once a week, ideally on Monday mornings. You can hold me to it by checking in at noon on Mondays. If nothing’s up yet, feel free to call me, text me, tweet me, comment, or however else you can get a hold of me to call me out on my slack.
Ok, now that the housekeeping is out of the way, let me tell you why I love reading. I’ve had this post title saved for quite some time, but I just couldn’t find a piece of inspiration that does this topic justice. Does this topic justice? By that I mean that I absolutely love reading and I need a way to properly express that love. And now I have one.
Two encounters made me realize why it is that reading is so amazingly important in my life…. and hence, why I love it so much. 1) My parents and I went to dinner with our neighbors that are moving away and the woman said something at dinner which hit the nail on the head. “I think reading just makes for really interesting conversation.” Boom. Agreed. 2) I went to UNC – Chapel Hill this past Thursday and Friday to recruit for E&Y. I was assigned to sit at the pre-interview dinner table with the intern candidates. Two of four showed up, which was disappointing, but the redeeming factor of the evening was our conversation. And what did it revolve around? Why, reading, of course.
Reading does indeed create great conversation. It informs and enlivens interactions with others. It provides for thought-provoking ideas and challenges our ways of doing things. It creates varying viewpoints and challenges us to THINK. HARD. It ignites our imaginations and stimulates our brains. And I love it. And I hope you do too.
Reading is so important for life. It is important for you personally and it is important for society as a whole. The more informed and lively debates, discussions, conversations, and banters that we have with one another, the more we are able to relate to one another. And in a world of 24 hour news and information overload, we need ways to find common ground. So, why not read, and then pass an idea or two along.