The optional prompt today for Stream of Consciousness Sunday at Jana's Thinking Place is “Blessings”. The “rules” are to write for five minutes, leave it be and hit publish. My five minutes are inspired by the following quotes from an article I read in the paper this morning.
“Have you experienced that post-reading fog, where time has apparently stopped, or not stopped so much as become irrelevant, hours passing like seconds and eons simultaneously? Does television ever cause you to quite literally, take leave of your senses?”
“Television has gotten very skilled at storytelling, and in that sense has largely caught up with prose fiction, but fiction will always have an advantage: The book in your hands is the product of a single human consciousness; in reading it, you and that other consciousness are joined.”
Of course I know I am very blessed. I’ve received a multitude of blessings in my life.
Love. Family. Friends. Health.
And this year my health was at the forefront of blessings received. Looking back 7.5 months later, I am extremely blessed to be walking, typing, even feeding myself.
But that’s not what I want to write about today.
I have been truly blessed with the love of reading. It is as intrinsic to my daily life almost as much as eating and sleeping. Without it, I don’t know what I would do; what would stimulate my mind and inspire me; what would take me places I may never go.
Of course, you could say that love and family and friends should be my inspirations. They do inspire me but reading is right there too. It’s my thing. It is, and has been from such an early age, a fundamental part of me. It's what I do. It's how people know me. As a lover of books.
I adore a great “post-reading fog”.
I love feeling “where time apparently stopped, or not stopped so much as become irrelevant,”
And I love being connected to another person through writing. So what if they don’t know I exist or who is reading their words. That matters not to me.
I feel blessed every time I open my eyes, see beautiful things and read words on a page.
I love that it takes me away for moments, hours, and years.
I feel blessed every day that the love of reading was gifted to me.