‘KEEP READING’ By Mwangi Ndegwa

"Not reading is like being in front of a house full of treasure but you don't have the key."  ~ Ngugi Wa Thiong'o.

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“Not reading is like being in front of a house full of treasure but you don’t have the key.”  ~ Ngugi Wa Thiong’o.

I heard this excerpt from renowned writer Ngugi Wa Thiong’o as he was being interviewed and it got me thinking. One question that went through my mind was: how many of us after our academic sojourn is over, ever go back to books again not for academic reasons but rather, to gain wisdom ?  For many of us, pre-exam revision is the last contact we have with books.

It is important to note that books don’t necessary have to be about academics. We have so much literature dealing with many other subject matters be they business, religion, social life or more. The reason why our society is degrading at such a high rate is because we abandon education after the learning process is over.

We have many people who have gone through various experiences most of which were very tough and yet they came out victorious. These people have been kind enough to chronicle their experiences and lessons in a book for easier access and reading. I know many would cringe at the thought of buying a book for a thousand or more shillings but just imagine how much that person paid to gain all that wisdom and experience? Now add packaging this in a book for easier access? Books can reduce the time that you need to reach certain goals, if you read and apply the advice contained therein. Fifty or more years of experience packaged in a book is no mean fete. Just imagine the alternative. Waiting a lifetime to make all your mistakes in life, before learning from them and then applying these lessons across your life.

So, next time you pass by a book store, pick up a book and live a sponge, soak your mind in all the wisdom & information contained within. Reading keeps your mind sharp and focused and above all else, helps your mind grow.  Allow me to finish my post with this quoute from Dr Wale Akinyemi “A person who doesn’t read has no advantage over the one who cannot read.”  To read more posts by Mwangi, click HERE

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