It is Thanksgiving break and I am at the beach. Nothing recharges my batteries like the sound of the ocean. As I glance through the headlines in the morning paper, an article on unique ideas for Christmas presents catches my attention. I read it through. Learning about something outside other than mental health was refreshing. I was sipping my coffee, and enjoying the serenity of my holiday weekend. My mind drifted away to something I learned from my mentor in writing.
“Read boring articles”, he advised me.
Every once in a while he would read magazines or newspaper articles on topics that were outside of his scope, such as engineering, property management, or baking. His intentional effort to keep an open mind, helped him expand his vocabulary, and provided him with a different perspective on life.
Before I became a graduate student I used to collect books. I have found some unique books at used book sales at the county library. My favorites are the cookbooks with detailed photographs.
I should get back to that.
Maya Georgieva is a counselor with a keen interest in child maltreatment prevention. She is a doctoral student in Counselor Education and Supervision at Marymount University and a volunteer crisis worker.