Article: COVID-19 READING THE MOST ESSENTIAL EXERCISE

Well arranged time is the surest mark of a well arranged mind-Sir Isaac Pitman

My father once told me that it is the busiest people who have time to spare.

In the mist of COVID-19 when time may be abundant for many people especially teachers and students, one of the most essential exercises they can embark on is reading.

Reading is the least expensive way to travel around the universe. From the comfort of your room, sitting under a tree, even whilst in the bus, a ship or an aeroplane, waiting for someone at the office for an appointment; you can spend time in any country in the world among people of differing cultures.

Whilst reading, you encounter different cultures attitudes, beliefs and characters that are different from your own. Through reading, you become familiar and make friends across the world and history. Reading, according to Robin Sharma it is not what you get out of the books that you read that is so enriching, it is what the books get out of you that will ultimately change your life.

Books simply help you to see what is really within yourself.  My personal experience of reading has exposed me to fine treatment of topics, issues, themes and arguments that makes me see the abundance of living from abundant reading. My love for literature especially novels expose me to clever and uncomfortable moral fables, handling human values without withholding sympathy for the wicked people and celebrating with the heroes and wishing to change destinies of characters like Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart and Constance Briscoe in Ugly.

There are many ways of reading, firstly, you can read as a believer, secondly, reading as a doubter, thirdly, read by exploring how the rhetorical context and genre are shaping the argument of the text. Also, readers can seek alternative views and analyse sources of disagreement. Finally, Reading enables you to use disagreement productively to prompt further investigation.

There are so many sources of materials to read once you start to read 30 minutes a day.

The history of the Kulangos of Seikwa whose land will and has always expose strangers with evil intent before they are hatched or the bravery of Ashante woman, Queen Pokou    who   led her people to establish the Boule Kingdom in Ivory Coast as narrated by Veronique Tajou   or why Medea will kill her own twin boys to avenge her lover Jason. You can start reading any small material you lay your hands on but as you grow in reading, you will surely have to be selective and do more reading in a week. My resolution is read book a week. Authors influence their readers with their style of writing. There many authors ranging from religion, classics politics, commerce history etc. Many years of reading has introduced me to authors like The Emeritus Archbishop Akwasi Sarpong, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Robert Green, Robin Shamar, Chimanda Ngozi Adichie, Kofi Anyidoho and many more. Start Reading today and you will discover authors who will transform your imaginations.

Samuel Kwasi Atta

ACT President

Sunyani Diocese

St. Peters Parish- Fiapre

0209301779

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