Yes, the dearth of reading comes from the time I now pour into writing, reading manuscripts for possible endorsement (which can certainly be fun at times, but it’s a different kind of reading) and a million different activities.
But if I’m honest, I let a lot of time get sucked way because of e-mail. I have this nagging belief I have to clean out my e-mail box every day. I made a resolution at the start of the year I wouldn’t let e-mail stack up again in ’12 like I did in ’11, ’10 … well, forever. I’m horrible at it and am currently about 3,000 e-mails behind.
It’s time to make a change. No, I’m not going into solitary till I can get caught up. I’m going to give myself the grace to say it’s okay to not answer every e-mail. And I’m going to take it a step further.
No e-mail on Sundays. And with that time I’m going to read. For me reading is soul food. And the beast is hungry. It refreshes me. Inspires me. Brings peace.
Do you feel that way? Have you fasted from e-mail? How did it go? What does reading do for you?