Over the last few years I’ve tried to set myself an alternative to traditional ‘resolutions’. I guess one of the reasons behind my thinking is simply my uselessness at keeping to those resolutions that I’ve set for myself, whereas the idea of doing something that potentially improves me and those around me appeals so much more!
So, for 2014 I thought I’d set my sights on a new, slightly different goal.
I want to read 12 books by 12 authors whose work I haven’t read before.
Well, on one level, of course not. I should be able to read twelve books in 12 months, shouldn’t I? On another, it’s going to be massively challenging. The moment that I get back to school I seem to lose reading time…or at least the energy or headspace to pick up something that isn’t work related…sad, really…especially for a teacher! Add to that the imminent arrival of baby Thompson, and that finite amount of time that I might have set aside for reading will be even more pressurised!
I believe in reading. It’s a life blood of a mind that is hungry for learning and growth. As a teacher I think it’s lifeblood. That’s why I know it’s important to set this challenge. Rare indeed is the book that has no impact on me or forces me to think about the world in which I live.
So – here’s the communal bit: recommend a book or an author that I really should read below. I’ll make a note of them all and then see if I can get my hands on them through our local library or something along those lines. I really appreciate your wisdom on this…so please do participate.
I’m also going to set a second challenge.
I want to read my way through the bible once again this year. It’s something I’ve been talking about a lot with friends recently. As we’ve moved away from church it remains vital that I’m connected into this story that shapes us and our world. To try and help with that I’m going to try to commit to writing a weekly summary of my thoughts on what I’ve read. I also want this to be collaborative, so I’ll ask you to join in with me. I think that the scheme I’ll follow is this one – you can use an app to follow it – but I think I’m going to try to do it ‘hands on’ with a real proper bible.
So, two challenges for 2014 that should in some way stretch me and help me grow…and possibly also others around me.
Here’s to 2014.
May it be a year full of moments.