My minds eye

January 20, 2015

The bitter cold grips my body as I hurry through the parking lot seeking shelter from the arctic winds...

The frigid gusts are silenced as the doors slide to a close. With the winds restricted, I shrug off my jacket and begin climbing the flight of stairs. The sound of my boots echo in the corridor as I ascend the staircase. At the top of the stairs I see a fireplace burning brightly, with its promise for warmth closing in. Scanning the nook I observe an open chair nearby inviting me to relax.

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The chair adjacent to the fireplace, a perfect juxtaposition where I collect my book and escape into the story. It is here, a place of comfort and warmth where getting lost in a book is as inviting as coffee with a dear friend. Pushing away the distractions I begin to focus, like a fish entangled, I drift into the tale unfolding before me, lost in a story where the characters begin to play out like a movie in my minds eye.

Leading you on a respite of sorts and allowing you to drift away from a routine day, reading provides the imagination the boundless ability to travel to many places, meet new people and  get lost in many worlds. 

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My father loved to read and he passed his books and passion for reading down to me. The opportunity to get lost in a good book is one I shall never pass up. Surrounded by books throughout the house, including many collections on my kindle, all constantly competing for my time and attention.

Establishing reading goals each year, I challenge myself to absorb many books into my life. Recording the books I read and observing what is popular or interested me in any given year. Recently my focus has been on mindfulness and of course writing. Drawn to a variety of reading makes me even more thankful for book club.

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