2012 is now in its final week.
Within but a few days, we’ll be starting new year.
And with new year dawning, there will always be talks about self improvement.
I know that more than a few of you will be making resolutions, and I also know that the majority of you who make these resolutions will soon be breaking them.
I’ve never been able to keep to one.
Instead, I’ve come to the conclusion that a more fruitful enterprise is to spend the new week reading and thinking.
In my undergrad days, when I had nearly a month off for Christmas, I’d spend the entire week between Christmas and New Year reading books. I know that I’d just sequester myself off in my room and read and read and read.
Books make us grow.
Each year, the books I would want to read would be different.
Sometimes I read new ones. Sometimes I read old favorites.
But I always read.
That’s the only way I’ve been able to change.
Setting out arbitrary rules for my life is just a good way for the rules to be broken.
This year I’m not going to have time for the books.
A piece of me wishes that I had been born in Medieval times, when I could join a monastery and spend all my time writing and reading and walking the countryside:
So if you have time this week, don’t make resolutions.
Take time to read and think.
And that will do you much more good.