Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wishcasting Wednesday


Wednesday brings this question: What do you wish to read?

I used to read. A lot. Over the past few years, I don't read as much as I used to, and that makes me wonder what's going on with me. I'm not certain. I know that I simply don't have the attention span that I used to have. I used to be able to stay lost between the cover of a book for hours and hours. Now? I'm lucky if I get a few pages done.

I've finished most books lately by short visits to my bathroom library. I know, probably TMI that fact, but we're friends. I figure that I need to keep attempting to read even if I'm not as voracious about it as I used to be. The venue is not as important as my continued effort to try.

There is a tower of books awaiting my dribs and drabs of reading time. All lovingly selected during trips to the book store. Or gifts. Or on permanent loan from reading friends who think I might enjoy the read. I love to look at the colors on the spines. I feel rich to have such treasures waiting at my finger tips. Once completed, most, I pass along to others so I can share my riches.

I no longer insist of finishing a book simply because I started it. I used to feel guilty if I didn't finish, even one I really wasn't enjoying. Not unlike the sticky feeling you get when you have to tell a perfectly nice guy, "It's not you, it's me...."

My dear friend, Al, an avid reader and one who has written and published two books, liberated me when he said, "Holly, you'll never live long enough to read all the things that you'd really find interesting. If you don't like the book, put it down. Use your time wisely by moving on to something you enjoy." Goodness, what a novel notion! (I can hear you groaning, you know!) Al, thank you for introducing me to guilt-free reading!

Friend, Jackie, is like a thrashing machine when it comes to books. She's never met a book she didn't like. I'm fairly certain she'll consume almost anything in print. She reads, reads, and reads. I sometimes wish I could be more like her. Jackie is a wonderful spirit who I know is made even more complex and fascinating because of all the books she ingests. You'd all love talking with her.

It's not like I gave up reading for something less mentally stimulating. I mean, I can't really sit through most television shows, either. So, I'm not sitting like a zombie in front of the flickering light of my hubby's dearest possession, his 62" flat screen. Although, I do love sitting with him on the sofa and cuddling. That's well worth doing and can make me sit still quite a long time.

But then, I got to thinking, I do spend a great deal of time with all of the bloggers I've come to admire. So, maybe I am reading but not with a book in my hands.

Like a lot of things in life, sometimes the form and function change without realizing that you're still accomplishing your hopes and goals. Sometimes we just don't read the signals correctly.

So, I suppose my wish for today is that I learn to correctly read my life.

Read my accomplishments with better understanding. Continue to read my friends so I can be a better friend. Read the great emotion that lives in the small gestures of romance my Beloved gives me daily. Read and understand the needs of my loved ones so I can respond correctly. Read the fun that my dogs share with me. Oh, and I wish to read down to the carpet, the many books in the tower by my chair. But, mostly I wish to...

Read the truth and wonder of my life as the best read of all; then pass it along to share with you.

Namaste' Till Next Time,
Holly aka Wishing Woman

31 comments:

Pamela said...

Holly, any time I read the thoughts you share with us, I feel like I'm sitting down with a warm cuppa and a good friend, just passing time and enjoying each other and the moment. You have such a warm, generous and nurturing spirit and your words always leave me with something to think about. Thank you.

As Holly wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

KnittingJourneyman said...

As Holly wishes for herself, I wish for her as well.

Samantha said...

As Holly wishes for herself, so I lovingly wish for her also.

Good luck with that tower, Dear One. I'm sure you'll find some great gems in there to share with us.

Love & Blessings.

Jennifer said...

As Holly wishes for herself, I lovingly wish for her as well.

Truly adored your honest and warm post. What a beautiful spirit you are!

Tabitha in Bliss said...

As Holly wishes for herself, I wish for her as well.

Have A Very Blessed Wednesday!

Kavindra said...

As Holly wishes for herself, so I wish for her as well.

Beautiful and soulful. Much better reading than alot of the dreck between 2 covers, and more important reading too.

clairedulalune said...

As Holly wishes for herself, I wish for her as well, nice to meet you and what a lovely blog!

jkc said...

Loved your comparing me to a thrashing machine for books... which is what makes me so incredibly grateful to our tiny Unity Library and the wonderful people there who find and recommend new books and authors to me now that I have more time to read. They have opened up so many new worlds for me. However, I suspect you read every bit as much as I do, but just in a different form and with different content...probably more thought-provoking content, if the truth be known. I will, as have so many others, wish for you what you have wished for yourself, but from what I know of you that is a wish that is well on its way to being fulfilled. You read life better than anyone I know because you are so amazingly intuitive about people and so willing to share your gift.

Sara said...

As Holly wishes for herself, I wish for her as well. Lovely indeed.

Judi said...

As Pamela wishes for herself, so I also wish for her.

I had a dry spell of several years where I couldn't seem to read - not even my old favorites that I've reread dozens of times - I tried branching out to books that I normally wouldn't read - that didn't work - I guess it's a dry spell that eventually passes.

sema said...

As Holly wishes for herself, I wish for her as well.

Sarah said...

As Holly wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.
Oh Holly -great wish!! I strive to read others well! I loved your post! I have problems putting down a book I don't enjoy - like somehow you are insulting it - lol. Wonderful blog hon!!
Namaste, Sarah

Jamie said...

As Holly wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

What a wonderful journey through your reading life.

Toni said...

get OUTTA my head ... no, don't, I like you in there ... yes, piles of books. yes, stop if I don't like it and move on. yes, blogs have taken over book time. no, TV will never take over ANY of my time. yes, being able to read my life, be a better friend, have fun, and be okay with myself if all I do is enjoy the colorful spines on the two to-be-read book towers in my studio.

As my queen wishes for herself, so I lovingly wish for her also.

where is the link to this wish site thingie -- or is that where it originated?

Kathleen Krucoff said...

Hi Holly,

Thanks for visiting my blog and your well wishes...

As Holly wishes for herself, so I lovingly wish for her also.

cinner said...

Holly your words thrilled me. When you visit me and leave your comments it thrills me more than you can know. You are so kind and as Pamela said. You always leave me something to think about.

As Holly wishes for herself , so I wish for her also.

Tell me more about wishcasting wednesday please.

Judi said...

OOPS!!! Holly!!1 My bad - I had the right blog, just the name wrong and I know why - you look like my longest held friend - whose name is Pamela! The likeness is crazy -
So sorry for the goof - especially since I consider names so important!

Lissa said...

Great post:)
As Holly wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

beth said...

as you wish for yourself, I take those wishes and curl them up in my fingers lovingly and with a hint of being over protective and then slowly and gently blow them into the breeze to be wished upon again and again...

Donna said...

Holly,
I've been following your blog since the beginning and it's like reading a book...in fact, I started following the blogs that you follow, and then started following the blog that they following and so on and so on and so on. I follow so many blogs that it's like reading good books all day long...well, in between work assignments, etc...but hey, I'm a state employee - hahaha!!!!
Good Reading!!!!!

clairedulalune said...

Holly, thank you for your email, I am terrible for fiddling about on my blog and disabling things and not having a clue what I am doing. I will get comments running again! Beautiful post by the way! Best wishes all the way!

Genie Sea said...

As Holly wishes, so I wish for her also!

I love your "best read of all"! :)

I have stopped trying to read books that don't captivate me. Guilt reading is not for me. I walk out of movies I don't enjoy. I give away books that I don't feel.

Life is so much better now :)

Lori-Lyn said...

As Holly wishes for herself, I wish for her also.
What a beautiful post.

Dreamwriter said...

As Holly wishes for herself, I wish for her also.

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

As Holly wishes for herself, so I wish for her also!

Hybrid J said...

As Holly wishes for herself, so I wish for her also!

Such wise words from such loving woman. :)

Her Speak said...

As Holly wishes for herself, so I wish also~*

I took a book arts concepts class a few semesters back and we spent hours talking about the book as fetish objects. So true. I look the look, the feel, the weight, the quality of paper, the size of the font, the block of the text...

Oh, how I love books. :)

But times do indeed change! I love that you discuss this in your post: we read things all the time. We read people, we read prayers, we read blogs, we read wind...

Wishing you Much Joy and Many Blissings~*
Molly

Shell said...

As Holly wishes for herself, so I wish for her also. I'm glad you do what I do. If after three chapters, a book isn't grabbing me. I stop reading. Life is too special to read boring books.
Thank you for coming over to my blog and your wonderful compliments. It was not forward at all. I do hope you stop by my place again.

Sunfire said...

As Holly wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

You have a lovely way with words, and I am glad I stumbled upon your blog through my new discovery, Wishcasting!

Ribbon said...

Wishing.. Wondering... Wonderful...

all the best wishes...

Ribbon :-)

Librarian Lee said...

As Holly wishes for herself, I wish for her also. I really loved reading your blog! So much like a chat, warm, friendly, honest and funny! Thanks!

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