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Joyful Jubilant Learning, Values, and a Love Affair
We who founded Joyful Jubilant Learning (there were 12 of us) shared some core values: You know them collectively as the joy of learning.
We also shared a certain love affair that is about to happily tumble into its 4th year of expression: We call it A Love Affair with Books. It’s our annual love-fest with reading, and a specific kind of reading. We faithfully, stubbornly, and passionately read books.
Robin Sharma, author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari,
reads books too. Voraciously. Here is a snippet from another one of his
books that I am reading right now. I would enthusiastically recommend
it as one of those paperbacks you keep close to journal-up with self-attuned abandon and whole-mindedness:
Drink Coffee with Gandhi
is one of the best disciplines I know of to stay ‘on your game and at
your highest. Reading from a great book is really all about having a
conversation with the author. And we become our conversations. Just
think, tonight —by reading Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography, My Experiments with Truth,
over a cup of coffee —you can get behind this great man’s eyeballs and
learn what made him tick. Want to hang out with Madonna tomorrow? Grab
her book. Same for Jack Welch, Mother Teresa, Bill Gates, Rosa Say,
Salvador Dali or the Dalai Lama. And reading a book by someone you
respect allows some of their brilliance to rub off on you. The hand
that puts down a great book will never be the same. As Oliver Wendell
Holmes observed: ‘A mind once stretched by a new idea can never return
to its original dimensions.’”
—Robin Sharma, The Greatness Guide, 101 Lessons for Making What’s Good at Work and in Life Even Better
[Okay, my name wasn’t really in that passage… I just couldn’t resist.]
I heartily agree that we can ‘become our conversations.”
However, there is just one little technicality; a slightly literal flaw
in Mr. Sharma’s logic. Gandhi can no longer have a real on-going conversation with you.
But we can!
Continued over at Joyful Jubilant Learning: See the line-up of book reviews to come, 32 in all, by 32 different writers!
Click to: A Love Affair with Books 2009.