A Bedtime Story to Wake You Up!

"It is what you read when you don't have to that<br> determines what you will be when you can't help it."

    “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”

From a very young age, our children become wrapped in the habit of plopping on our laps to hear a bedtime story.  As parents, we understand the importance of reading to our children and opening up a world of adventure, character, and vital lessons.

Over the years, this has always been one of my favorite times with my children.  It’s a time to feel the warmth of our bodies huddled together as a story unfolds.  Giggles, gasps, and “ah ha” moments are preludes to sleepy eyes, yawns, and dreams of wonder.

This nightly reading ritual should extend to our own nightstand and pillows where a good book is always waiting for us.

The books may look different as we grow older.  We have explored the pages of board books, “Lift the Flap”, poetry, Nancy Drew mysteries, Percy Jackson and Harry Potter.  With each genre and style, the pages still embrace a journey of personal growth.  Within minutes we reach the end of the chapter or book, and we are changed in some way.

As grown-ups, it’s our responsibility to shape our mindset and success by learning more, doing more, and becoming more.  I encourage you to assume your role as a life-long learner. Invest in your personal development and cuddle up with a good book that will challenge and transform your thoughts.  Absorb the wisdom of the author and implement what you learn.

One idea discovered in a book can change the way you see yourself.

One idea embraced in a book could transform your mindset, feelings, and actions.

One idea implemented from a book could drive you to remarkable success.

One “bedtime story” can wake you up to live your best.  What book is on your nightstand?

“Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown is highlighted, dog-eared, and waiting for me.

Live Inspired!


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