Gotta give it a shot

I have mentioned quite a few times in my blog that I have been an avid reader since my dad handed me my first Louis L’Amour book back in the 4th grade. To be honest, I also remember reading “Billy and Blaze” books at even a younger age.  (and yes, I am old enough to have really learned to read with Dick, Jane, AND Spot…

My normal go to genre is Science Fiction/Fantasy, which I know with shock those that know me in real life. But, I will change with whatever strikes my fancy. I recently read a book about Thomas Jefferson and early America’s war against the Barbary pirates. I learned a lot, and thank my buddy Stu for the loan.

So it should come as no surprise that I am currently reading “The Big Burn” by Timothy Egan. All about the history of the Forestry Service and the biggest forest fire ever, an excellent book so far!

What did surprise me today, though, was sitting up straight after reading a quote from Teddy Roosevelt, one of the key characters of this book…

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The More you do, the more you CAN do

I read a lot, and I have since the 4th grade.  I read for different reasons.  First, it’s because I enjoy it.  I can sit and read a good book for hours.  With the Kindle, sometimes I am in the middle of 2 or 3 at the same time.  I also hate being bored.  Standing in line, waiting at the airport, or any other time I have to ‘wait’ for something, breaking out a book makes it go faster.

And then, there is one of the best reasons.  Sometimes, no matter what the book is, I will read a phrase or paragraph that makes me stop and think.  Or one that relates very well to me, or both.  This happened just recently when reading “Divergent” by Veronica Roth.

I don’t have a direct quote, but in essence, it said the things you do, and your experiences has an effect on your bravery and confidence.  I have to agree. Continue reading “The More you do, the more you CAN do”