Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spreading Wellness: What have you learned from a good book?

Simplicity, covered wagons, hardships, family, friends, education, and history in the making. Almost every night, with Mom on the couch, us kids huddled around her, and Dad on his lazy-boy, Mom read us the "Little House on the Prairie" series. Those are some of my favorite memories as a child. I heard those stories over 3+ times, because my mom thought it was important for all of us kids to hear and appreciate the history of the Ingalls family. We reflected upon their lifestyle, struggles, and triumphs, and related it to our lives. My mom used it as a teaching tool, for appreciation, gratefulness, love of reading and learning, history lessons, and much more. While on family vacations, we went visit the log homes/homesteads of the Ingalls family, and still reflect upon it today. I cherish those memories and lessons that I learned as a child, and continue to remember the words my parents used, and the examples she used to help us understand gratefulness for what we have.

Photo by: Jodi Tervo Roberts
Books are a wonderful way to teach and learn about an enormous array of topics. Even today, as an adult, we find ourselves seeking good books, and sharing titles and authors with friends and families. Maybe our motives for reading are the same as a child, maybe they are different. Nevertheless, we seek out good books. Here in Well U, we have started a Wellness Book Club. Hopefully, folks are reading and preparing for our first Book Club meeting, on October 17th. Our book this year is, "What Really Works," by Paul Batz and Tim Schmidt. If not, it isn't too late to start. The book is less than 150 pages total, but it is filled with great ideas. Our intention of this group is to take action in our wellness. There are so many resources and ideas that Paul and Tim share, about balancing and blending work and life, that we have a lot to learn and reflect upon. By digesting all of these wonderful things over the entire school year, hopefully we will be able to make some lasting change, and continue reflecting upon these ideas into our future.

Do you remember learning to read? Or, teaching your child to read? Something that was so hard, has now become something that you may take for granted. In many ways our motives for reading have gone from learning the act of reading, to learning from what we read. So what have you learned lately from a good book? How might you grow by joining our Wellness Book Club? If you are interested in joining our group, please sign up today at imleagues.com. Look for the class titled, "Well U - Employee Wellness Book Club."