One Page At A Time.

As a writer, you scribble words on a page for others to read. You hope the words you write flow together in a series that makes sense to those who might read them and relate to you just enough they keep reading. Your stories and messages may not always be perfect at all times but be perfect for certain seasons of life when the reader can relate to the writer and their thoughts put to written words.

As a reader, you are reading into the mind and soul of the writer. The way that they see life, their interpretation of it, and their hopes for it. For some readers, the ability to immerse yourself in a book for hours on end might come easier than for others. Personally, I read one page at a time. I set reading goals based around the time I set aside each day to read. I set a specific time aside each day due to the schedule I have and the ease of distractions that can consume my day.

I enjoy reading slowly to best understand the material the author has taken the time to organize and present. I know there are many who have the ability to read fast and retain knowledge, I am not one of those people. I can obviously skim pages and retain a few key points but the overall message of the text is often missed if I speed read. If you’re like me one page at a time is the best way to read a good book.

No matter your reading level you can set a few minutes aside each day and read a little but. No matter what you like to read a newspaper, a magazine, a story, or something educational reading is reading and you’ll be better for it. I try reading around lunchtime on my lunch break, it is a good way to refresh myself and disconnect from work for a short time. Whenever you can schedule in a few minutes to read daily and see how your world changes one page at a time.

Confront.

I talk to heaps of angry people, people who are blindly angry because of the things they do not know and don’t want to understand. There are so many people who would rather stay in perpetual annoyance and misunderstanding than invest a little time to learn something new. I spend plenty of time helping people recognize change and do my best to help them learn the changes and adapt.

This is often met with pushback from the people I am attempting to educate. I often find myself confronting these people with the fact that life and technology are changing and will continue to change. People dislike this a lot, they dislike change because it is unknown and nobody is comfortable going into the unknown. It scares us more than we would like to admit and we allow ourselves to change little by little so we can adapt easier to the change.

I hate confronting people and I have a strong dislike for change. Yet, I know that change is a constant and I try my best to roll forward with the change. Often when I confront people for being stubborn about the change I meet a wall, a wall that has stood in the same place for a number of years and has no plan of moving in the coming years. This wall is called the comfort zone, we love our comfort zones. However, with most walls, there is a gate that allows things in and out. This can be said about our comfort zones, we gradually open up and allow new things in to change who we are and let the old ways fall out.

Accepting the changes that are happening around us is a true challenge. Acknowledging these changes takes time to digest and become accustomed to, allowing ourselves to be willing to educate ourselves on the change will help us to welcome change better. I’d recommend we all think about how we accept change and how we adapt then confront our weaknesses and strive to open our comfort zone to new things.

Running.

Heavy steps as you move from place to place at an increased speed for what real purpose? Is your reason because you are afraid? A little out of shape? Or because you simply enjoy running from place to place letting yourself experience new things. Many of us in life are these different types of runners and when we run we run with purpose because running for any other reason seems pointless to most.

Do you run out of fear? Are you running from someone or something? Is it your past, your parents, or your present? Whatever is chasing you might be causing you stress and anxiety as you go leaving you restless and unsure of your footing as you go. Some spend their whole lives running from ideas of what might happen instead of facing the reality of what is happening and owning it.

Are you a runner to stay fit or to shed those extra pounds? Do you run to stay trendy and up to date on the latest fashions? Have you fallen prey to the idea that you need to run with those who pose for the cameras and record their workouts on social media? Have you allowed yourself to let the fitness aspirations of others smother your self-esteem and worth? We live in a world surrounded by double tapped celebrities who are pushing their ideal lifestyle on others, and everyone chases them in their own way.

These people who are encouraging you to join them in their followings and lifestyle can be extreme on all angles with the various amounts of fad dieting, exercise routines, or sheer laziness. THose who run the trends on social media may smile in front of the camera but are running wherever they think the likes might be and living less of their genuine selves.

Finally, there are those who run simply because they enjoy it and it makes them happy. These are the people who often smile for no reason, go on adventures with friends and family, and test their limits one step at a time. Often they may not be fancy or trendy but just interested in optimizing the life they have to live.

What type of runner are you?