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One of my favorite things to do is to read, I love to read. I read books for enrichment, for pleasure and for spiritual growth. And I love to read several books at one time. I have been known to have five books going at one time. At the moment I have 6 books in process, but am actively reading 3. The books rang from Steven King to St. Francis; I read different styles for different reasons. I allow my mood and my needs drive what book I pick up, so some books I may read in a day or two, and others, it may take me a year or more to read. I allow the moment to take me away and allow my mind to drift in to the world of the author. And at times I am sure the Holy Spirit guides me to read certain books. But in the end, I just love to read.

Reading is an escape for me, no matter the subject, be it deep with theology or shallow with the super natural. In truth, I try to learn something from everything I read, I look for that little knowledge that the author wants to share. I dig deeper in to novels than most would, so event the basic Stephen King book turns in to a search for some truth, and truth be told, I almost always find some nugget of truth.

I love to read, it’s my escape, others paint, some play games and others work out or play sports. We all have that one thing that we find the most relaxing, the most energizing. For me it’s reading, now truth be told, I really could use some exercising in my life, but I just find it hard to allow the power of the action to outweigh the action itself. Now I could read about it, and find some joy in that, but the results would not be the same. But that’s for a different blog, this one is about finding that one activity that gives you joy.

For me it’s reading, and I try to read every day, even if it’s for only 15 minutes. Some days I can spend hours reading, and other days, I get no time, but I average at least 30 minutes per day enjoying a good book or two.
Everyone needs to find the one thing that fills them with contentment, you need to find the one joy in this world that allows you to recharge and relax. Now comes the hard part, not only do you have to find it, but now you must make time to spend on it, daily! Five minutes, 30 minutes, in truth the time don’t matter, it’s the fact that you are giving yourself a break.

For me it’s reading, so I always have a book in my car, and several at home, and at work, I usually have something to read, if time permits. If yours is sports you may not be able to play a game of basketball at lunchtime, but you can read up on your favorite teams, or look for places to play after work. There is always a way to fill your day with the one joy you have.

I am sure many of you have more than one thing that relaxes and energizes you, as do I, but I chose the one activity that seems to be the most consistent. Like I said, some days I don’t read at all, I find it’s just too much work, if its summer time, I would work outside on my fish pond, if its winter, as it is now, I find myself watching old movies or working on new ideas for faith formation for my company STATIC Solutions (www.staticplace.com). And sometimes I just need to do something new, something different, but all in all reading is my one joy.

Paul

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You ever get in to the work groove, you know, the one where everything seems to come together for you. You’re just hitting the mark, every word you utter is golden and every idea is head on. I love that feeling, and every now and then I get it. So the question is, how do you keep it.

Well truth be told, I really don’t think your suppose to keep it. I thing finding the grove is all part of the process of creation. If we were always in the groove, how would we know it?

You look at writers like Stephen King, I am sure he has many stories that we will never publish because they just are not that good. But all we see are the ones that are good, and a few that are in the groove. A few that hit the mark and you can tell he just loved the process.

I love when that happens to me, now I am not Stephen King, but he’s not me either. We all have a groove; we all have marks to hit.  And when we do hit them, it’s a grand feeling!

I am currently in the process of editing a few books that my partner and I wrote. It’s a series of middle school religious education books, in this process I am also creating new information, and this is when the groove would really help. But I have yet found a way to turn it on when I need it. It seems to have its own will.  The groove is not something you can turn on or off, you can’t purchase it nor control it, so it makes it very hard sometimes to work, without the groove it’s a struggle to get the words out, nothing seems to fit together and the process is hard. The grove makes it better, the energy is flowing and the ideas keep coming.

So here is praying that the groove hits me hard and fast today…. I have lots to do!

Paul

p.s. as you can tell, I don’t have the groove today… 😦

 

 

 

 

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