Reading and writing. It’s been a while. My first blog in eight weeks. Writer's block, home making, travelling…. For whatever reasons, the words did not come. It’s been said that if you want to write, read!
Master storytellers have been revered, by all cultures, for as long as there has been communication between humans.
No matter how much changes in the manner of living our lives – the power of a good story endures. From the cradle to the grave, story enriches our human experience and our understanding of life itself.
More and more, stories are delivered on a screen – from handheld smartphone to the multi storey IMAX. Research states that on average we spend around seven hours a day on digital media. Who me? Yep. Writing this, reading this, on a screen….
Yesterday I rediscovered the sensory pleasures of reading a good story, in a book. Following the lines of print, carefully chosen font, charming to read. Printed on heavy cream paper. The pleasing quiet for the eyes, no backlight. Natural daylight and sunlight illuminating the words.
The gratification of moving through the book, seeing, feeling the progress – the weight of pages already read on my left, those to come on my right. The delicious pleasure of halfway through a tale. Hooked, with plenty still to come!
Lost in the world of the tale – characters and scenes made real in the imagination. Stimulating creativity, fiction at its best. What is also rediscovered is the absorbing quality of a story well written, read from the page.
Not better than a movie. Not better than the best Netflix has to offer. Or the latest episode of a favourite series.
Different. Less stimulating for the senses. More stimulating for the imagination. More intimate and personal, able to make it our own. Less distraction. More absorption. Powerful in contrast.
What gets absorbed? Excess nervous energy. The kind that comes from stimulation overload. The kind that builds up in our daily interactions. And gets fuelled with our screen time.
Like blotting paper, excess mental and physical nervous energy is absorbed. We become more grounded and still. And inspired! Reading and writing again.
When was the last time you sat and read a book?
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