"I think earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a region in Hell: and earth, if put second to Heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of Heaven itself." -CS Lewis, The Great Divorce


Thing #36: Reading until I sleep

I have become unfortunately fond of watching TV until I fall asleep. I vowed not to move my TV into my bedroom, yet I did during the unfortunate moments of early fall without proper heat. And there the TV has stayed throughout the winter and well into the spring. However, I have vowed to actually read for my own personal growth this break, and I have finished the book I began over winter break (Beautiful Boy -a heartbreaking work about a family's struggle with an addicted son). I finished the book last night. I stayed up through tired and into exhausted. I read until 1 AM and every last word was devoured.

That is the way to fall asleep. It's like leaving the day with a bigger brain, more to think about, and the satisfaction of having completed something worthwhile instead of frivolous.

And off I am to read the second book (The Help, read for a book group at OLHS). I'm excited to be back to reading. I feel more like myself. Why do I go so long without putting down the remote and picking up a book?