“The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page.”
This quote is a favorite of mine. It hangs on our refrigerator at home. I love it because I love to travel. I love immersing myself in another culture, meeting new people and learning about their lives. This quote is also tied to another favorite pastime, reading. When I read I travel to far away places.
Recently I picked up Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With The Wind”. I watched the movie years ago but never read the book. For 3 plus weeks I read about the civil war, strong characters, southern customs, misguided actions and heartache.
Early on this book was irritating me. It was a slow read. I felt Ms. Mitchell could have made a greater impact by saying less. And don’t get me started on Scarlett O’Hara. Anyway, I finished that book yesterday and I could not make it to the library drop box fast enough. Why, because I couldn't wait to be done with this book.
Which leads me to point out an obsession of mine. Finish reading any book I start. It's not all together healthy. But it forces me to experience the whole story, whether I like it or not. I try to apply the same philosophy with any journey I take. And my mother I can thank for that lesson. She always said, "complete what you start." Thanks Mom and thanks St. Augustine for sharing your wisdom!