Read Often

The Amazing Technology

How has being able to read helped your life?  We communicate daily with text messages.  Thank-you cards are written and, hopefully, received.  The Harry Potter fantasy world was gloriously entered time-after-time.  Plus, the significant other is impressed with all the new foods cooked thanks to the countless recipes on Pinterest.  Oh.  Sorry.  That was my life, not yours.

Well, how has reading benefited the greater civilization?  Violence has been reduced.  This is caused by better understanding of desires between people because reading and writing forced our languages to become standardized.  Also, political laws are easier to uphold when written and agreed upon.  Reading has also advanced technologies.  This was done by spreading knowledge across not just living people, but generations of people.  Our entertainment has benefited because novels, plays, movies, and shows are almost all written down.  Lastly, reading has been shown to benefit the well-being of people.

So, Reading Helped.  Why Should I Do It?

We love being creative.  Reading is a very creative past time.  For one, our minds create the setting and the characters — obviously the author helps a bit too.  Second, we modify or build our ideas about how the universe works by using ideas from the book.

We love feeling important and reading books can cause this feeling.  Finishing a book is satisfying.  I can’t describe the feeling wholly.  Moreover, a book does not progress unless we are engaging it.  This is the opposite of a movie which can be turned on and will play regardless if we are there to watch it or not.  Also, I’ve never experienced the Yes! feeling after finishing a movie.  Lastly, we become more important when we read to others.  This is something Abbie and I do on occasion — on car trips or before bed.

Reading Suggestions

Below is a list of books I encourage you to read.  If a link is present, then my personal reflection on the book will open.

Value Mind Map – Community – May 11th – 17th

I struggled at maintaining this map over the course of the week.  I usually like to think about community because my job is to help improve it.  But, I had a rough week teaching.  My expectations got the better of me.  The thought, “It’s too late,” keeps popping into my mind.  I don’t act to fix my classroom management problems.

Anyway, below is my mind map from the last week.

community mindmap

You will see some positives.  For example, I participated in Abbie’s mother’s day celebrations and wishing people good morning.  I normally don’t wish others good morning, so that was a win.  I shouldn’t say that.  I wish some good morning, but this time I went out of my way to do it.  Hooray!

Next week, I plan on focusing on my value of Mindfulness.

Sudlow Beautification!

Last Saturday, we spent time making our school more beautiful.  A big thanks to Kelly for setting this up, her husband for being a mulch-master, Abbie for helping me plant daylilies, Claire the super student, and Claire’s mom for bringing her daughter and spreading some mulch.

Below is a picture of the sign with the daylilies planted around it.

Sudlow Beautification

Imagine if everyone spent some time helping to make their community beautiful.  Even if it is picking up an extra piece of trash on the walk to and from a car…  That thought makes me smile 🙂

Important Questions

I’m interested in you.  What are you thinking?  What do you feel?  What goals are you aiming for?  What values do you try to live by?  What great lessons have you learned and what caused you to learn them?  How do you combat fear?  What do you want to do each day immediately when you awake?  What do you think motivates you?  How can I treat you better?

Are these types of questions rare to you?  I rarely ask them and rarely get asked them.  We should attempt to make them more common.