I can’t believe it is already the end of January. It’s looking wintery here. We have snow coming as I write this. It floats and flutters leaving a silent cloak along the earth. Beautiful…and then you have to shovel it 🙂
Life is getting somewhat more normal here. Some of the personal stuff is resolving for the time being. This means I may be able to get back to my e-books. I’ve been doing a bit of reading lately so never inactive. Reading can only help with writing as new ideas and new things come into being as you read. This explains why a lot of authors are long time readers. Exposure to new ideas and books will help you to develop your own skills. Sometimes it will just tell you what you want to avoid in your books. Either way, you get a better footing in the writing field because you learn more, experience more and see more.
When it comes to reading, you cannot underestimated its importance. As a child, my mother used books as a reward for good behaviour. She used to read the classics and children’s books to us when we were kids. Books were something I valued. I extended it to e-books which did not even exist when I was a child. So much changes over the years. So, be unrealistically realistic and know that life will change, but even with the current computer changes, reading is not something that will go out of style. Whether you prefer e-books, physical books or even books on audio, books are always something that will exist. You have to continue to learn and grow through life. If you can cultivate a love of reading, you can do great things.
One of the things that also needs to be developed is critical thinking skills. These are the ones that help you filter out whether information is useful or just more junk. For example, with the conspiracy theories that seem to proliferate, you need to determine where the better information comes from. Just because something confirms your biases (which is another thing one has to know…our own biases), doesn’t mean it is accurate. One needs to weed out the difference between scientific information and just another conspiracy theory. With the bewildering assortment of opinions, be sure to know whether you are reading an opinion piece or a factual or scientific based piece. So many more things to watch for and a lot of people consider themselves experts based on very little to no information and gathering conspiracy theories. This makes things more difficult, not less so. Think critically about what you share.
Of course, much like the snowflakes that are floating and fluttering down today, knowledge is never wasted and it accumulates. Luckily, you don’t have to shovel knowledge. But you do have to sort through and know what is conspiracy and what is real. That is often a little harder than it looks. But being realistically unrealistic, I think it is worth the time to try to make sure what you share does not negatively impact others. What you do does have an impact on others either for the positive or the negative. If we tried to make more positive impacts, there would be a lot less violence, hate and greed in the world. One action can have ripple effects on more than just you. So, you need to decide if you want to make a positive impact or negative one. Do you want to sow negativity in the world or positivity. It does not mean that you accept poorly thought out choices. You can still have boundaries. It does not mean you enable someone’s negativity. You can have boundaries. It doesn’t mean you have to fight every fight….you can bypass or ignore some. It’s all up to you.
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