Reading is the way out of ignorance, and the road to achievement. Our mind needs nourishment, for it is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be ignited (Puitarch). We must learn everything we can but be bold enough to think for ourselves. When we give our best selves and think for our selves we end up taking risks. When we have done our best, we also have to learn that we still need to rely on God. Our best-no matter how good-is incomplete if we leave God out of the picture. Negativeness is always lurking around waiting to take over. If we allow ourselves to dwell on negatives, on hurts, on mistreatments, we will be negative thinkers. To make the most out of life, all of us need to stop, think and analyze, and use the talents God has given us. People will always try to break us and tear us down. Therefore, it is important to remember that no one can make us feel inferior without our permission (Eleanor Roosevelt). Our place of abode, country our ethnicity will only hold us back if we let them. For it is not where we have come from but where we are going that counts. If we observe and reflect and commit ourselves to giving our best, we will come out on top.
Francis Bacon reminds us that knowledge is power. It enriches life itself and makes us better people. It broadens our grasp of the world around us, for it is the key that unlocks all doors. Our brain is the center of and for information. It works most effectively with consciously retained information. If we make every attempt to increase our knowledge in order to use it for human good, it will make a difference in us and in our world. Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant, and interesting (Aldous Huxley). Reading activates and exercises the mind. It pushes us to use our imagination and make us more creatively inclined. If we develop in-depth knowledge, it will enable us to give our best to others and help to make a better world. It does not matter where we come from or what we look like. If we recognize our abilities, are willing to learn and to use what we know in helping others, we will always have a place in the world. God created us, loves us, and wants to help us to realize our potential so that we can be useful to others. When we rely on our relationship with God, it also makes us more capable individuals. We should do our best and let God do the rest. If we acknowledge our need for God, he will help us. We do not have to be victims of circumstance. If we give our best we cannot lose. We are still able to grow as long as we are alive. If we want a successful life-a life of inner peace and of contentment-we have to work for it. God expects us to do our best at everything. By thinking big we can transform our world.