Some years back, I used to have a negative attitude to life. My reasoning was immersed in pessimism. However, when I began to take my time to read certain motivational books, I experienced a shift in my life.
This would later impact my life in the coming years because I was able to incorporate that positive lifestyle into my daily life. Not only that, but I am now passionate about inspiring humanity through motivational words.
When you read with an open mind, the words can reach into your heart and change your previous narrative. One should, however, note that some texts can influence you negatively.
I remembered reading one of Dan Brown’s book, The Da Vinci Code, as an undergraduate. And I began to question my faith. It is very easy to get engrossed in certain books, forgetting that they are products of imagination.
So, after reading that book, I almost renounced my religious beliefs. I am not preaching religion here, but I am simply saying words are powerful. They can either make or mar you. Words can save or destroy you. It all depends on how you allow the words to affect you.
In the same vein, I have read some poems, novels, and articles that endeared me to the marginalised and oppressed in society. I could relate to their experiences, and this often forms the basis of my thematic preoccupation when I write poems.
Books can change your perception of certain topics such as wealth, finances, time management, love, death, life, success, failure, marriage, commitment, etc.
The bottom line is, never allow junk reading into your life. Doctors will often caution patients against junk food because they have little or no nutritional value. Similarly, do away with junk reading or texts that can distort rather than positively influence your reality.
Many of us have, in one way or another, been affected by the words we hear people say to us. And we react differently to these words. Certain demeaning words uttered by parents may have damaged our confidence, self-esteem, and general approach to life. Oftentimes, reading goes a long way to change this narrative.
Just as you choose your friends wisely, choose your books rightly. Choose books that will shape your life for good.
Cassandra Clare posited that “One must always be careful of books and what is inside them for words have the power to change us.
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ABOUT THE WRITER
Abimbola F. Abatta will forever be grateful to the school of life. Life has taught her so many lessons through her everyday experiences. She writes, teaches, edits, proofreads, and inspires. As a lifetime scholar, she is devoted to learning from life’s experiences and sharing the lessons with the world. She is passionate about inscribing impact, influence, and inspiration through words. You can follow her on Facebook