Speed Reading

Our 1 year old loves reading books. And by “reading” I mean he loves turning pages!

I’m a big fan of reading books, especially out loud. And especially if they rhyme. But unfortunately I can barely get the first line out before Mitch is already turning over to the next page. He just seems so focussed on getting to the end that he doesn’t have time to listen to the story.

Our maternal nurse suggested that children read 1000 books before they go to school (at about 5 years of age). We joke that our 1 year old is reading books so fast he’ll hit his 1000 before he goes to Daycare next week!

We love that he’s interested in books and although he won’t allow me to get into a good story telling flow yet, I know it will come in time.

There are times when I’m so focussed on getting to the end of something that I forget to take in the story of what is happening in the process.

If there’s a difficult conversation I have to have or a challenging project at work, I find myself so focussed on the end goal that I can’t take in many of the good things that are happening around me at the same time. I forget to stop and read the rest of the story.

I am trying to get better at letting things go so, when I can’t do anything about them, I can move them to the back of my mind for a time. That way I can focus on other things around me.

It’s not easy, and sometimes I forget, but if I’m still enough to listen I know God is constantly calling me to peace and perspective.

Lord, You see the bigger picture. Help us to hold our challenges lightly and not allow them to negatively impact our whole lives. Amen.

What challenge are you finding is all consuming for you at the moment?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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