Earlier this year I lost my Fitbit. At some point while packing for our move to Detroit, I stuck it in a bag (why wasn’t I wearing it?!) and then naturally forgot about it until about 90 days ago. As soon as I found it I told my mom something like, What’s the point in wearing it? I’m not going to meet my step goal. But, that’s so not the point. The point of wearing a Fitbit is to try to meet your goals. To try to be more active. To just see what can happen.
Instead of, I don’t have time to read, I now think, What if I read just a few pages? And so that’s what inspired me to start reading a little more intentionally.
It’s true, I have a hard time focusing on a book these days. If the story line isn’t catching my attention, if there are too many characters, if I find myself self-analyzing myself after reading a few sentences, I lose interest. One book I even put down and deemed “read” even though I’m not done. Why? Because my free time right now is precious. I want to feel filled up during my fringe hours. I want to feel inspired and excited and a little day-dreamy :) And that book wasn’t doing any of those things for me.
A couple weekends ago I stopped by a thrift store near our home and WHAT? I found four books for less than $4 total! It was awesome. One book I was really hoping to find (anything by Nicholas Sparks), one that was newly released (When Breath Becomes Air), one that I owned in Minneapolis but sold so we could move to Los Angeles (The Glass Castle) and one for Zack (Father Fiction).
Even if I only have 20 minutes to read, those are still 20 minutes spent doing something that fills Maggie up.
Even if I pick it up and fall asleep three minutes later (don’t judge), I’ll be celebrating in my sleep I got to read a full page, hooray!
What I’m trying to remember more often is reading something is better than nothing, including the number of steps I take a day ;)
PS. I’m almost done with The Lifegiving Home, and oh my goodness, I highly recommend it if you desire to make your home a place of encouragement and rest for your family and guests.
Are you a book worm? What’s on your book shelf, what are you currently reading, or what do you have on your wish list? Or, what would you do with 20 minutes of free time?