Post #465 I live with and around a number of book readers, of which I’m not one. I’ve known people that would rather read an book than watch television. (How outdated is that??) I was born in the era immediately post television, during television expansion. How can ANYONE want to sit down, read some words to form images in your mind to created a pictured story when you can easily sit down in front of the television and have the story presented in action and sound! I’ve even known people that can read a book at the same time they watch television! I have the unique ability or some may call it adversity to complete forget or space out on what I’ve just viewed on television! (There must be a dead spot in my head) I’ve got grandchildren, however, that can recite movies, scene by scene, and often word for word. How do they do that?
I guess the reason that I’m not an avid reader is typified by my television viewing. I am an extremely slow reader, along with my “lack of speed” is a lack of comprehension. So, just like lack of television retention, I have a lack of reading retention, comprehension. There are subjects that do grab my attention, that allow me to retain more than the usual modicum of knowledge, such as History, Mysteries, and Westerns. Leaning toward the OC (obsessive compulsive) nature I like to do lists (of projects), but once a list is made, it must be achieved in order. NO skipping around. Just take one item at a time. I took one of those stupid tests in college, you know a 25 T/F question test that begins with read over the entire test before beginning. When you to get to bottom it says just sign your name and turn in the test! Well, I know it was designed to see who were followers of instructions and who was not. But THEY never took into account OC people. It was like a list, you start at the top, you do one question at a time and continue to the bottom. I guess you know how I did on the test!!! I’ve known people that read a book, by beginning it, getting a drift of what’s happening then jumping to the conclusion. Once they’ve read the ending then they go back and read the entire text. Wow, how strange.
The bible is another book that grabs my interest, although scripture memory falls into that area of fog that envelopes my brain. I have read a lot of the bible from the historical side, and from the Mystery side (Prophecies) the Psalms, however, tend to not interest me. ( I guess you can see I’m not one for poems.) Actually the bible is one of those books that can be read the beginning and the ending and that will give the a good handle on its subject.
To give you the picture:
-In the beginning, God created a Paradise and set up man a manager.
-In the end, God creates a Paradise and sets up man as manager.
Once you read the beginning and end, those of you so inclined can go back and read the middle, the content. That’s where man screwed up, makes poor decisions and mismanages the earth’s resources and his life for thousands of years and various examples. If you read my last blog (#464), its during this middle time where man is on a Walk-a-bout, wandering, lost, apart from God.
So, here it is nearly Christmas, when we are to remember that Christ was born to help us out of our walk-a-bout and back to a relationship with Him.