How are you today?
I had my daughter Mia down in London for the weekend.
It’s always good fun with her in town.
On Saturday, we went to afternoon tea at “Scoff & Banter” in the Mercer hotel in Covent Garden and then onto the theatre to see “Matilda” which she loved.
Anyone with kids, I thoroughly recommend it.
After the show we went to Pizza Express for a late-night dinner and finally got home at about 12.30am and into bed at 1am.
Full up and exhausted
It was a late night for Mia and just as I was tucking her in bed she said to me…
“why do you think Matilda’s parents didn’t like her reading so many books?”
Her question got me thinking. If you are unfamiliar with the show, basically Matilda’s parents preferred watching the T.V to reading books and actually thought she was weird for loving books so much.
We can take a lot from this West End production.
“You don’t know what you don’t know”
Matilda’s parents were oblivious to the fact that you can educate yourself with books.
They were uninformed that in a book, you can have the wealth and depth of knowledge from thousands of experts in any given subject, who have spent their whole life learning, researching and devoting their time to their craft.
Many people are like Matilda’s parents…addicted to the T.V.
Here in the U.K, we watch an average of 24 hours of television per week and in the U.S, the average is much higher.
I know that when you get in from work it’s easy to slump down on the sofa, glass of wine in hand, switch off and let the T.V programme just flow right over you.
But that’s the problem.
T.V actually lowers your state of consciousness which over time is extremely detrimental to your health, your ability to focus and it will negatively affect your decision making in many areas of your life.
What’s even worse is channel surfing with men tending to be the biggest culprits in this instance. T
he effects are even more pronounced in children. You can’t read too many books.
There are no side effects from devouring the pages of a great novel.
The only addiction here is an addiction to opening the mind and discovering so many things about life, people and the world. Far from lowering your consciousness, I’m sure books illuminate parts of your brain that you didn’t know existed.
Creativity and imaginativeness, expansion and expression.
All found in a book.
Many people have no idea that their life could be transformed by switching on the T.V and picking up a book.
What’s worse than “You don’t know what you don’t know” is knowing that you don’t know what you don’t know.
Being oblivious is bad enough but knowing that and choosing to ignore it is much worse
Reading just ten pages a day can change your life.
Ten pages a day will equate to roughly one book per month or twelve per year.
In five years you will read sixty books and that is enough to make you an expert in any field that you wish to excel in.
Imagine what twenty pages could do…
But ten pages a day is easy for anyone to do isn’t it?
Then why do so few people read even ten pages a day?
Because what is easy to do is easy not to do. You won’t see much improvements in your life in the first few weeks, even months but as you approach a year or two, that’s when the magic appears…
Endeavour to pick up a book instead of picking up the T.V remote control this week and see what happens.
I will leave you with this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson…
“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads”
Have a fantastic start to the week and I will speak to you on Wednesday.