On April 17, some may recall that I committed myself to a certain reading goal. I’m quite pleased to report that I’ve surprised myself a bit.
My original intention was to read for at least 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes after work. For a multitude of reasons, this proves to be impractical at times, but I have found that I often (not always) get plenty of time to read after work. Overall, the average time I can spend reading at home is about 25 minutes a day, it just tends to happen at random intervals.
I have been augmenting this time by reading on breaks at work, so it looks like I’m dedicating closer to 40 minutes a day to my Dhamma reading. Quite frankly, now that I’m actually looking at it, this is the most significant amount of time I’ve dedicated to reading [anything] in years. All of the short reading breaks here and there really add up quickly.
And oddly, until I thought about it yesterday and assessed my progress compared to my goal, I thought I was falling behind!
Fact is, all of this reading has resulted in my finishing two books on which I had stalled, and in total, I have read nearly 250 pages in 18 days. 13-14 pages per day is amazing (for me), and while I’m not certain I can maintain that pace, I feel like it sets me up on a great start to what was otherwise a very lackluster reading routine.
In closing, I want to quickly recognize that some Buddhists are observing Vesak (or Wesak) today, occasionally referred to as “Buddha Day.” The observation commemorates the birth, enlightening, and death of the Buddha. However, keeping with the tradition that I have most closely adopted, including it’s calendar, I’m inclined to observe on June 4. The specific date probably doesn’t matter, but I wanted to make sure that I made note of it today.
I do hope you are at peace this Full Moon Uposatha. Be well, friends, and I will write again soon.