A friend asked me how many books I’ve read this year. I said 3. He’s read 15. After our chat he sent me an article on how to increase reading speed so that you can consume more books faster. Consuming too much too fast leads to indigestion. I learned that when I was a toddler. It’s true in regard to what we put into our bodies and I think it’s true in regard to what we put into our minds.
It is not uncommon for me to come across a single line in a book so profound that I have to put the book down and sit for 20-30 minutes just to fully DIGEST the words or the idea. If someone were to interrupt me at that moment it wouldn’t be wrong for me to say, “Sorry, I’m eating right now. Let me get back to you after I finish my meal.” I notice the same dynamic at play after meaningful conversations with friends or colleagues. I need to sit or go for a short walk in order to fully “digest the meal.” If I try to jump right into another activity I suffer from psychological indigestion. I haven’t finished chewing yet. I would never take a sip of wine and then immediately take a bite of a banana and then immediately take a bite of a cheeseburger.
Every day is filled with hundreds of life experiences.
Chew them all the way through and you will find your life enriched.