Once again it is time to do the annual task of making a New Year's resolution. Not everyone seems to use this opportunity to set a goal for personal growth but it has always provided me with a way to improve in one specific area each year. My goals are not large in most years but I do take some satisfaction with improving in one specific area each year.
So this year's resolution is to learn how to speed read. Reading is one of the things I most enjoy to do. I learned how to "skim read" in college but this time I want to want to increase the number of books I can read. It is frustrating to have more books that I want to read than I have time. Often I can't finish a book in the time I have for a book on reserve from the library. I frequently have 2 or 3 books to read at the same time. I will be using You Tube videos and other online sources to develop this skill.
I am always amazed at how few people are readers. One survey in 2003 had these results:
• One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
• 42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
• 80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
• 70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
• 57 percent of new books are not read to completion.
Losing weight and exercising more always seem to be the most common resolutions and the most frequently broken. Here is a list of the top ones.
Yesterday's winter sun and clouds stopped me on a drive home and I tried to capture some photos of the lighting with my smartphone.