I recently saw a quote that completely rocked me as a writer.
It was on a pin on Pinterest. (I know–shocker right?) Not gonna lie: Pinterest is one of the places that I frequently find profound encouragement and inspiration amidst the recipes I’ll never use and clothes I cannot afford. I. LOVE. IT. Anyway, this particular pin was a quote cited as being from Virginia Woolf that said, “Read a thousand books and your words will flow like a river.” What a beautiful thought. It caused me to stop and think, “How much better/deeper/richer would my writing be if I had 1,000 books of inspiration behind it?”
(You can see this pin and other things I find beautiful/challenging/all-around-awesome on my “INSPIRE” board on Pinterest. http://pin.it/TGRfhW2)
Now, granted, this quote was probably meant as a figure of speech–simply suggesting that the more you read, the more writing and communication will come naturally to you or the better it will be, and, frankly, I have no idea if Virginia Woolf ever actually said this, but it challenged me nonetheless.
Y’all, I am an extremely goal-oriented person, and I was completely inspired by this quote, so I am taking it extremely literally. I have officially made for myself a new goal: to read 1,000 books and to document the journey, no matter how long it takes. I will post each book that I read and write a sentence or two of reflection or summary after each one, so you can come along with me in this new journey! Now, I am aware that this goal may take me most of my life to complete. Even reading one book every two weeks, this would take me over 38 years to accomplish, but you know what? I don’t care! I do not care how long it takes, because the fact of the matter is I do not want to ever be satisfied with the way that I write, the way I think or engage with ideas and people, or the way I listen and communicate. I want to be ever-growing, ever-changing, ever-learning, and what better way to start really allowing myself to grow in new ways and opening myself up to new ideas than to dive into as many books as I possibly can?
So come along with me as I navigate this journey of one thousand books, one thousand stories, one thousand new beautiful opportunities to learn… I cannot wait to see how God uses this to challenge me, to stretch me, and to lead me into new depths of knowledge, thought, faith, love, and understanding. You can follow this part of my story on the “Journey of 1,000 Books” tab.
So, dear ones, where do you think I should begin? What books have challenged, changed, stretched, or inspired you lately? What are your favorite stories? Share them in the comments! I’d love to hear what you LOVE to read.
You are so dearly loved and cared for–it’s ridiculous,