Are you a reader? Because, I love it when someone says, “Hey, I am reading this really good book, you should check it out.” My heart races when I hear these words. I run to my computer and look up the book on Amazon. I especially love challenging and emotional books. So much so, that my wife joked about it. Yesterday, she went to the door, turned around, and yelled, “Your book-a-day just arrived!”
I have not always been a reader. The first half of my life I was a TV junkie. After work I would plop down on the couch, grab the remote, and get lost in TV land. Not only TV, but I also love movies. In fact, I can watch a movie from the beginning, the middle or even close to the end. And, I frequently watch my favorite movies over and over.
My wife loved books. She talked books. My wife often got lost in her reading. She would read a book a night. She saw books as friends. Her reading habit was equivalent to my television habit. Some evenings it caused a conflict only one of us would win. I am so glad it was her.
Back then, I just knew I was so right and reading was so dumb. Now, I realize I was dumb and reading has the ability to open up a whole new dimension of life. There is a great saying, “Leaders are Readers.” Let me add, men who read, especially about emotional growth, make great leaders.
“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”Harry S. Truman