To A Reader, Nothing Is Little

Taken from Sherlock Holmes, A Study in Scarlet, “To a great mind, nothing is little.”

Reading a book in today’s world has given us the freedom to explore and embrace new topics, ideas, and material that appeal to us almost immediately. Even though we don’t know where the story is going, we want to read and read intently, only to read more later. If you think you know everything there is to know about the skills of reading fervently, you’re absolutely wrong. But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the interest capacity of a reader when she really wants to grasp knowledge and become great.

Gone are the days when I used to read the first page or the summary of any book as a starting point to be interested. That’s exactly what I did before. I always, as an opener, used to read the short summary at the end of every book to know if it peaks my interests or not. And if it didn’t, I wouldn’t read it. In the act of doing that all the time, I completely disrespected the meaning of reading books. I overshadowed the importance of going with the flow and gave in to being selective and biased to books that were popular and shared common ground with the way I thought.

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

It was time that I decided to transform my methods of reading and my interest capacity in different genres of books. It was time I thought for myself and the only way I could do that is by reading all kinds of books. You must think that I actualized this method of reading years back, but it is during this time that I decided to write an article about it. Currently, I’m reading a book that I hadn’t heard of before; I avoided the summary of the book before deciding to read it, and to my surprise, as it happens that this book still remains as a bestseller.

In the act of reading Shantaram, my state of mind and ambience has changed incredibly. I am motivated to read more, grasp more, and feel more of my sensibility and intelligence. In an honest manner, I feel myself getting stronger and more compassionate in everything I do.

This change isn’t just because the book’s plot is awe-inspiring and heartbreaking, it is also because I read, unknowingly, the general idea or the conclusive meaning of the book. As long as I didn’t know what was going to happen next, I didn’t expect anything from the book. And that kind of dedication to reading is something that I learned to implement in my life.

So now, nothing is too little to read. I yearn to read everything persistently and for always. I no longer search for meaning, I give life to my own meaning, each as different as the last book I’ve read; because to a reader, nothing is too little to understand and everything is unexceptionable to get wise to.