Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Reading Writing and Chocolate!

"Those who read fast reap no more advantage than a bee would by only skimming over the surface of the flower, instead of waiting to penetrate into it, and extract its sweets."~Madame Jeanne Guyon~

Now, I know most of you out there like chocolate to varying degrees, but the question is: How do you eat your chocolate?

Do you eat the Hershey bar in three bites and find yourself longing for more? Do you eat it in smaller bites, still rather quickly? Or do you savor it – taking time to allow it to slowly dissolve in your mouth?

Unfortunately, I’m a chocolate chomper. I tend to love the stuff so much, I’m in a hurry to devour it before I have to share (I had three children who also had a sweet tooth…)

Well now that the kiddos are gone, I find myself relaxing somewhat and trying to savor my chocolate. Unfortunately it usually turns out like the old Tootsie Pop commercial – “How many licks to the center of a Tootsie Pop? One, Two…Chomp - Three.” I can only savor it for so long before I have to finish off the rest of the bar in one, maybe two bites.

Being a chocoholic chomper is indicative of other aspects of my life as well, like reading. I used to hungrily devour books, skimming them but not really reading them word for word. In College I did well enough, having a kind of inner radar for the important sentences.

But the practice continued after the kids were born. Perhaps that’s a Mom thing, too, when you don’t have as much time as you’d like to sit down and really savor a book, considering its depth and tasting its sweetness. At least I might use that for an excuse. But the kiddos grew up – no more excuses.

Is there any hope for chocolate chomping book scanners? Maybe. What helped me is the process of learning to write. As I wrote my first novel, I wanted to sprint to the end, but ended up with only 50 pages. Not good.

So I had to take time to savor the story, really get to know my character and share scenes in a way that mattered to her. Just as emotional healings take time in real life, hers did too and I began to see the amazing way God worked things out in her life.

She mentored me through the process of learning to savor life. Through her life, I learned to slow down and read the words, experience the emotions and to live. What an amazing discovery.

At times there’s still only three licks to the center of life’s Tootsie Pop, but when that happens, I stop, go back and take a second slower look at things – I really read the words. At last I’ve learned to taste life and see that the Lord is good!


Denise said...

This was really a great post, enjoyed your thoughts, bless you.

Laurel Wreath said...

Bonnie, this post is AWESOME!!

And "I’m in a hurry to devour it before I have to share" you have let my secret out of the bag (so to speak) hehehe.

I loved reading this, I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Blessings. Thank you so much for participating.

Cindy said...

Great post, Bonnie! By the way, this is my first visit to your blog, and I really enjoyed it.

MiPa said...

This is great! I am a savor-the-dark-chocolate-as-long-as-possible gal. I need to develop that patience with my Scripture study. Thanks!

Jennifer said...

Bonnie-Great analogy! I am a chocolate chomper, 4 books a month reader class A skimmer who knows I must slow down when trying to learn from God's word.


eph2810 said...

I wish I had the time to read more books, but for some reason it don't (even though our son is grown)...It takes me forever to read an entire book...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the week's IOW quote.

Darlene said...

Awesome post. I love the comparison to chocolate, perhaps because I can totally relate. Really well written, I enjoyed my visit!