When I go visit someone’s house (which is not often, but when I do), there are a couple of things I observe closely. One of the things I google is their book shelf (if they have one). If they do then I go through the titles. Some titles I have read (big win, we can resonate), some are completely new (new list for my to read list), and some are just totally random and I wonder why would someone read this book?
I have noticed the difference between people with book shelves and those without them is the depth of the conversation. People with book shelves can go on and on and the topics may vary. They also have a good sense of humour. On the other hand people without the books, what they rely for the conversations is their smart phone. The phone is the source of the conversation. That sucks. You will know what I mean for those who do it everyday. They unlock their phone and start their phrase with “Did you know, have you heard, check this out, wow, let me tell you…” The smart phone people can’t think for themselves. Their phone are essential for their thought processing. While readers, they have the power to think. They generate ideas and problem solving without searching for answers on Google or Facebook.
There is a saying that goes something like “you can tell a lot about a person by the way they drive.” I would like to say you can say a lot about a person by the books they read. It is because books shapes our thoughts, our thoughts shapes our actions, and the actions shapes our character and so on and so forth (you know the drill). The book provides the source for thought. So it’s critical what we fill our minds with everyday. GIGO – garbage in, garbage out. We are what we eat. In other words, we are what we read. I came across this fabulous saying by a fabulous person, Cicero:
“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
So a great big round of applause for people who have book shelves! Also, Cicero has inspired me to review my book shelf and just wanted to share with you what I have. It’s a small collection but it keeps me busy.
P.S. Must have books for your shelves: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and To Kill A Mockingbird by Lee Harper.