One of my daily disciplines is to read.
I grab my trusty Kindle and enter the world of people much wiser than myself, learning important principles and being endlessly entertained by their clever words.
I read to learn and grow, and the process has had enormous benefits for my own professional and spiritual development.
But I recently realised that there is another benefit of reading that I hadn’t thought of before. It’s an unintended consequence that I now appreciate.
My reading time is usually at night after the kids have gone to bed and it’s lovely to have a period of time when I can just sit quietly.
The television is off, there is no phone to distract me and no kids running around.
Just me and my thoughts.
I can be still.
I can think.
I can ponder.
In a world full of endless distractions and unnecessary busyness, it’s therapeutic to be quiet for a while.
It’s a wonderful privilege to read, learn and grow.
The silence is a bonus.