“We are what we read” (Joseph Epstein)
Scrolling through some of the latest online newsfeeds today I could choose to read about 5 Mistakes Companies Make About Growth Mindsets, 5 Jobs in Short Supply, 10 Benefits of Speaking Truthfully, 5 Simple Steps to Stop Kids Bickering or the 8 Most Haunted Places in my local area.
It gets me wondering – why do we need 5, 8 or 10 reasons to read these articles? Can we be drawn to a piece of writing that we would like to read simply because it sounds like an interesting topic? Or is this an impossibly idealistic notion in a world where on average we encounter over 100, 000 words each day via email, text, ads, social media and the rest of our daily experience?
Don't get me wrong, I myself have become victim to this style of writing in recent times (and it is even encouraged to writers in the submission guidelines of some online media outlets), so without sounding hypocritical I would like to genuinely explore this rising trend and in particular question its overall benefit to what author Maryanne Wolf describes as our 'reading brain'.
When people tell you who they are; believe them. When people tell you who you are, don't believe them...don't let people who misunderstand you define you...you are the only custodian of your own integrity
Maria Popova, 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing & Living
YouTube Credit: Dissolve
I've been following the extremely talented Maria Popova now for a few years, and when I came across this gorgeous clip summarising her first seven years at Brain Pickings it resonated so much with me that I just had to share it (it is a few years old now but still well worth a look).
Hi there and thanks for dropping by! I'm Tehla Jane and I'm a self-confessed word nerd, bookworm and yoga devotee from Wollongong, Australia. I love to wonder and wander, and especially love spending time with my two little girls and hubby Glen. My blog is inspired by my daily musings in my trusty journal, where I scribble out endless pages in almost illegible handwriting and occasionally convert this into a typed format! Welcome!