A Year of Spring

#5. Read something that has stood the test of time


    What has been, that will be;
        what has been done, that will be done.
    Nothing is new under the sun;
        the future only repeats the past. (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

No matter how many sunsets or sunrises we see there’s something in us that runs to get our camera or phone to capture that moment – even though we’ve already seen thousands.

We may see thousands of sunrises and sunsets, but we only see each one once. While there may be nothing new under the sun, every creative idea and expression is uniquely beautiful, and when it comes from an authentic place it stands on its own.

Well-known authors and thinkers talk about the power of reading books that have stood the test of time, books that are over at least five years old, books that continue to influence people today.

Rather than scrolling through Twitter and the latest headlines, it’s about slowing down to read the inspiration and historic basis for almost everything written since.

Here are a few reasons why this made it onto the Year of Spring list:

  1. The style of writing forces one to slow down while reading. I’m pretty sure patience is a dwindling virtue in my life these days and this will hopefully cultivate more of it.
  2. The depth of thought and phrasing engages the brain on a whole different level. I think it’s healthy to feel challenged intellectually once in a while.
  3. They contain the first example in written form of thoughts, concepts, and ideas that influenced and continue to inspire leaders, thinkers, entrepreneurs, and writers around the world. I want to experience the original for myself.
  4. They provide perspective. For thousands of years people have been confronting war, politicians, economic uncertainty and perhaps we can learn more from the past than the constant barrage of live tweeting and 24 hour news. (Do I sound old?)

Books on my potential reading list that have stood the test of time:

  • The Prince by Machiavelli
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • Plato
  • Aristotle
  • Epictetus
  • Homer
  • The Bible
  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Confucius
  • Pretty much any poet, playwright, philosopher from Ancient Greece or Rome.
  • There are tons more, but this is a good start

I hope you get the chance to read something this week that has stood the test of time. Any thoughts on what I should read? Personally, I’m leaning towards The Prince. Happy reading, friends!