Thursday Three for All
It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)
7 Reasons to Put Down Your Phone and Pick Up a Book
(via @bruceashford) Fun fact: our super-smart Summit Church elder Bruce Ashford can read two books (one in German), write four books, edit another six books, and balance yet another (admittedly smallish) book on his forehead…without ever putting down his phone.
This week, my family and I leave for a one-week vacation. In addition to relaxing at the beach with my family (if “relaxing” is what one does with children ages 6, 5, and 3) and keeping up with the Republican National Convention, I intend to do some reading. For starters, I will finish reading two fine books, Os Guinness’ Impossible People and Anthony Bradley’s Black and Tired.
While my mind is on vacation—and therefore on reading—I thought I’d write a brief post about the rewards of reading. In previous posts on reading, I gave 5 Tips for Determining Which Books to Read (and Which Not to Read) and 4 Tips on How to Get the Most from Your (Non-Fiction) Reading. But in this post, I want to focus on some of the benefits accrued from building a life-long habit of reading. Among the many rewards, here are seven:
The Scientific Argument for Mastering One Thing at a Time
(via @james_clear) If that whole “put down your phone” thing didn’t make you feel bad enough about your life choices…
Many people, myself included, have multiple areas of life they would like to improve. For example, I would like to reach more people with my writing, to lift heavier weights at the gym, and to start practicing mindfulness more consistently. Those are just a few of the goals I find desirable and you probably have a long list yourself.
The problem is, even if we are committed to working hard on our goals, our natural tendency is to revert back to our old habits at some point. Making a permanent lifestyle change is really difficult.
Sea Lion Signs Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”
(via @premiumfunny) You’re going to think you don’t need to watch this. Think again.