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Books, Choices and MAGIC!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Recently I had a bit of time free and enjoyed a leisurely walk along our downtown riverwalk and visited our local, home-grown bookstore. I took time to meander through the stacks and shelves, browsing the covers and liners. As an adolescent, young adult I had immersed and OVERWHELMED myself with books! I was always deep into a book and looking for more. Especially great fiction. While I still pick up a book once in a blue moon, usually while on vacation, I have not been reading much of anything appreciable for DECADES. I was awestruck by the worlds, stories, knowledge and inspiration that I've been passing up! It was IMPOSSIBLE to pick a single book up and decide *this* was the one I was going to read!

In the past my reading was usurped by food and the apathy that prevented me from doing much of ANYTHING in my life. NOW, on the other hand, my workouts and online SPARK time have taken over. While I truly miss the world of books, I can't see dislodging the time for it...at least not now.

We're all making choices as to how we want to spend our time. Any choice we make FOR something is a choice AGAINST something else...we just can't do it ALL, can we?

Earlier tonight I was chatting with another member of SparkPeople in which she was making the case for attempting to educate and enlighten those who are just embarking on this wonderful journey to reclaim their health and wellness. Especially regarding "short cuts," "quick fixes" and fast, easy, painless, effortless weight loss results.

It's odd, you know, my first response to the other person's note was: Yep, we have to keep sending out the message that "there is no magic!"

But as soon as I said that to myself I thought: Hey, there IS a lot of *magic* in realizing that there is no magic "out there," because then one can begin to find the magic within! :-)

Let's everyone keep making our lives an adventure!

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    Thank you for this blog. I needed to be reminded of our inner magic.

    3132 days ago
    Reading + Working Out = Audiobooks! Seriously, if you get unabridged ones -- and you can even download them from public libraries, so you don't have to pay exorbitant bookstore prices for them -- it's just like reading a book, only you have the added pleasure of being read to by good voice actors.

    Just stumbled upon your blog but it's very entertaining - thought I'd give you that bit of advice from "the library stacks"!

    3133 days ago
    For me, the reading went WITH the sedentary lifestyle. Now I'm so active I haven't picked up a book in weeks!
    Most of my reading is on the internet, these days.
    3133 days ago
    Don, what an inspiration you are! I've seen your comments on another very inspiring SparkPerson's blog and was "Sparked" to read your own blogging. I no longer work outside the home and feel constantly torn between the library book I've borrowed and spending time here on Spark! But I suspect this just illustrates the richness of life in general. Even at the age of 57, I am never, ever bored :) All the best to you, and congratulations on your phenomenal success here! - Susan
    3133 days ago
    For me, life isn't living unless I have a good book to read! However, I rotate where I spend my time. Sometimes I spend wayyy too much time on the computer - till other parts of my life feel neglected (especially reading time). Then I leave off most of that computer time and bury myself in a good book. That's my balance; rotation. emoticon

    3133 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    i love to read..my only problem is once i start i just keep on till it is done and then nothing gets done...............so read a little less often these days.............have a great weekend........blessings and hugs.................lita
    3134 days ago
    OH, I love that last paragraph.
    Time is going to pass... yup, it will pass. Are we going to ride the time to our own direction, or just let time carry us away into somnolence?

    3134 days ago
    If I get a good book going, I'll get on a stationary bike at the Y and read while I ride. I have gotten so engrossed in a book before that I've ridden 60 minutes without realizing it!!
    emoticon + emoticon = Good Workout!!
    3134 days ago
    I read every day on my lunch break. :) Sometimes in bed before I fall asleep. VERYVERYVERY rare is a time when I'm just reading at home on the couch or something.... that doesn't really happen anymore. But still, I get an hour for lunch so I still get to feed my habit. :)
    3134 days ago
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