A Fortress of Habits

My friend Kathryn recently shared a very timely article from Philip Yancey in the Washington Post: The Death of Reading Is Threatening the Soul.

Charles Chu calculates that at an average reading speed of 400 words per minute, it would take 417 hours in a year to read 200 books—less than the 608 hours the average American spends on social media, or the 1,642 hours watching TV. “Here’s the simple truth behind reading a lot of books,” says Quartz: “It’s not that hard. We have all the time we need. The scary part—the part we all ignore—is that we are too addicted, too weak, and too distracted to do what we all know is important.” Willpower alone is not enough, he says. We need to construct what he calls “a fortress of habits.”

Habits are always a work-in-progress in my life. I’m attempting to track a few in my bullet journal right now — especially having to do with my morning routine.

I am also reminded of a favorite quote from my commonplace book:

Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters. ~ Nathaniel Emmons

Ernst Ferdinand Oehme Burg Hohnstein in der Sächsischen Schweiz, 1827


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