As the old saying goes,“What is learned in the cradle carried to the grave. ” How often I wish I could read a story leisurely and patiently, word by word as I did when I was eight years old or even younger. As a little girl with fervent desire to seek knowledge, my motto had been,“Soon ripe, soon rotten. Soon learn, soon forgotten.” So I preferred spending lots of time on repeatedly reading a lovely story through and through. At that time, maybe some other children about my age thought of me as a deranged person. However, I just let myself do what I liked, saying nothing.
But, then, the quick fix lifestyle today is getting more and more popular. One can not put back the clock. Efficiency means life or death. Therefore, I can not avoid changing my reading habits. Usually, I do not have enough time and energy to read a lovely story word by word. I have no other alternative but to enjoy a pre-digest instead, especially when I am too busy. As a result, I am forced to lose a chance to linger over every word of classic novels or the latest best sellers.
Do not get me wrong. I am not saying every work is worth reading word by word. Sometimes, perhaps reading in this way is just a waste of time and energy. But I am saying that it will be really a big pity when I run into a wonderful work I have no time and energy to enjoy it, that is to say, I can only read it superficially. In addition, some works are easy to understand and not worth spending too much time reading thoroughly. For those works, we might discard the dross and select the essence as well. Sometimes, it is the truth that “You may know by a handful the whole sack.”
Why not slow down and enjoy a lovely story like an innocent child? 放慢速度