Saturday, October 15, 2016

Young Woman Reading

Currently located in the lobby of the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University is a pair of statues by Dennis Smith entitled Young Woman Reading and Young Man Reading.

Young Woman Reading by Dennis Smith.
© Alison Walker 2015.

Sculpted in 2002, these statues didn't exist when I was, in fact, a young woman reading at BYU. I'm now more of a middle-aged woman reading mostly at home and during her commute.

A number of years ago, a friend posted this thought on Facebook:

There is a difference
between interest and commitment.
When you're interested in something,
you do it only when it's convenient.
When you're committed to something,
you accept no excuses, only results.

This idea immediately resonated with me - and the more I thought about it, the more I liked it!

I am an avid reader, with the annual goal of reading 104 books. Other people often mention to me that they'd like to read like I do — when they find the time. I doubt I'm any less busy than they are, but I'm "committed" to being a reader. I'm not just interested in reading when it's convenient — but I make the time for this most enjoyable pastime.

Whether we are talking about reading for pleasure, losing weight, being a contributing member of an organization, or just about any other aspect of one's life, the difference between interest and commitment is significant. In the things that matter most to me, I want to always be committed.

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