When was the last time you did something for the first time?
Book week is upon us again and it tries to encourage children to see the joy in reading. I have to admit that up until a few years ago I hardly ever sat down with a book and allowed myself to enter a world where I could get more familiar with the workings of my imagination. It’s something that connects all the most successful people in the world. The mighty Warren Buffet himself attributes most of his investment wins to the fact that he spends 8 hours a day reading. The thing about reading is that it makes us stop all the “multi-tasking” we seem to think is really productive. You’re sending an email from your phone whilst you’re having a conversation, checking social media and all the while you’re thinking about how to phrase a reply to that text you received this morning… However, if you pick up a book you’re engrossed in, all the chatter of these many tasks is hushed. All of your attention is given to just one thing. Consequently, your mind and imagination are allowed to run wild and you may find that, during this time, answers to problems and exciting new ideas just appear on the screen of your thinking.
It doesn’t really matter if it’s fact or fiction but find something you can escape into and you’ll experience the benefits of really de-fragging your head. Book Corner Halifax in The Piece Hall is a great place, as is the new library just through the bottom of the Piece Hall. It’s a wonderful place to find your book bliss and a stunning bit of architecture to enjoy while you’re there too.