Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested."


Have you felt at some point in your life that something intangible was coming towards you? If so, what did you do? How did you prepare? Did you ever come to understand the experience?

I have been experiencing a feeling like this. Something influential is coming towards me and I have no idea what it is, how it's coming, nor why this sensation is so strong. I feel moved upon to do do do. Yet I'm not sure what what what. I decided to give thanks in my mind and prayers for this experience. I'm excited at times then apprehensive and then I just want to tell someone. I'm saying it here.

I've been trying to read... different subjects, like talking to your children about sex, progressivism, socialism & dystopianism, and democracy. Ouch!!!

On a lighter note I read an article by Susan Wise Bauer that pinned me to the wall so to speak. It's called Stop cleaning the kitchen and read a book

The paragraph above makes it sound like I've done a lot of reading. Not so, let me tell you because I find myself most often still fixing or putting things back when I should really be learning! Isn't it wonderful to have more then one chance at learning and recovering from poor habits? I sure think so.

The thought of me educating myself or of you educating yourself can feel like Susan said, “a revolutionary act”. We have been, and our children are being raised to be passive learners. Sit and listen. But now I'm no longer wanting to be a passive learner. Issac Watts said to “Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance”. I don't have to look far which I guess can be a good thing. I'm open to my ignorance. I tell myself to just keep asking.

Reading for enlightenment uses different skills then reading for pleasure. Ms. Bauer uses a three step process for enlightened reading:

First is the “grammar stage” level. Just get through the book and try to understand a few basic principles, basic story, or the basic argument. Try to create a mental overview.

Second is the logic stage. After reading the whole book, stop and ask yourself what the book is saying, how is it said, and try to decided if you agree or not. ( This seems to be a step we as readers in America don't follow and just jump to our own opinions without understanding the authors point.)

Finally the rhetoric stage (the art of speaking or writing effectively: the study of principles and rules of composition formulated by critics of ancient times: the study of writing or speaking as a means of communication or persuasion: skill in the effective use of speech). This is where a book club or a good friend comes in to play. You need to talk about what you read and you also need to write for that matter. Which neither are an easy task for me. You just have to keep trying and pushing yourself. Talking is probably the best way to figure out what you think.

Yesterday morning I went to talk to a lady about bee hives and ended up telling her about these pressing feelings and what I'm going to do tonight and she said I inspired her to keep trying.

Tonight I'm going to the Meet and Greet for our district with the mayoral candidates. I plan to have two questions answered. 1. What are you currently reading and 2. What have you read that you feel has prepared you for the responsibility of Mayor?

Typing this confession is getting me excited because I, Nickie Allen, have never felt such a desire to ask questions and make judgments based upon my readings and ponderings. I want to yell, “Wow, it's me saying this, no way.”

Yes way.

Do you feel something happening to you too?

I hope so.

3 comments:

Shiloah Baker said...

Wow, that is something I needed to hear. I worry too much about clutter or cleaning and by the end of the day I didn't get to read the books I wanted to. I end up falling asleep after a page or so. Thank you for the reminder. :)

Tenise said...

Hi, I'm a stranger, but I wanted to let you know you aren't alone. You worded my feeling perfectly about feelings that something is coming and or changing for me, and I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do about it. Have you figured it out yet for yourself?

Nickie said...

Tenise,

All those feelings are quiet right now. Not gone, just waiting for me to do something about them I think. Taking action can be intimidating sometimes.

Good luck to you. I'm glad to have had such strong feelings all the same and I'm working toward changes that I think are planned to help me to grow in anticipation of future events coming that I do not know of right now.

Life is good. Go with it and take the challenges to improve.