This month's topic is about how we take breaks and recharge. I can give you a laundry list of things I do to unwind and reconnect, but there is one habit I've had consistently, for as long as I can remember.
I snuggle up with a book at night. Reading in bed makes me recharge my battery--the one in my flashlight too.
I wish I'd kept track of all the flashlights and book lights I've worn out over the years while tucked under the covers. I've read all kinds of books--fiction, non-fiction, children's and adult. I've read for only three minutes, before my eyes would start to droop. I've read into the early morning hours, unable to put a good book down. I've read with cats snoring behind my knees. I've read with a nursing infant snuggled up close. I've read with one ear cocked for my parent's footsteps on the stairs. I've read to celebrate. I've read to keep the fear at bay. I've read to learn. I've read to be entertained. I've read favorites over and over again. I've read the debut books of my friends. I've read books I wished I would have put down. I've read the books I wished I'd written. I've read with a pen close by, to underline things I didn't want to forget. I've also read enough to know I'll never have a TV in my bedroom. But mostly I read to lose myself--to turn off the hamster wheel of my own brain--allowing me to slip peacefully into a different layer of myself. I love to read in bed.
Do you read in bed? What's your favorite thing about spending time with a flashlight and a book?