Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Knowledge Is Power and Books Are My Friends
Books are my friends. Interestingly, I wasn't really a bookworm when I was young. We did not have any bedtime reading routines when I was a baby or toddler or preschool. I did not read books in elementary except when it's a required homework in which I needed to make a report. In high school, my friend Cecille got me hooked to reading those "High School" romance books. It was fun. But those were the only ones I read (again except for the required reading in school).
In college, I started hanging out in the library, partly because I like the quietness of the place in between my classes. I started reading a lot of psychology books while I was hanging out there, because I am totally fascinated by the topics in psychology. Novels did not appeal to me as much as informational books. When I became a Christian (in college) I enjoyed reading a lot of the writing of well known teachers and preachers.
During one of our marital counseling sessions, our dear counselor made a very good observation about me. She said that "reading books" is one of the ways in which I cope with my worries and anxieties. It's my MO (modus operandi) in dealing with stuff. When I read about things and situations I feel better, I feel more confident. Thus, my conclusion that "reading produces knowledge and knowledge produces power".
Come to think of it, reading books really help me cope up with situation that otherwise I would have felt helpless, lost or insecure. One of these days I'll share a list of the most excellent and helpful books I have encountered. But for now, I'll just share a photo (above) of one of my bookshelves. I have more books than what's shown on the photo but the photo is a good example of the kind of books I am reading nowadays :) ....
UPDATE 9/27/07: I am entering this post as my Sunday Scribblings post for this week. The prompt is powerful ... and like what I said on my post, books can helps us to be powerful.