A client, Mike Donald, is running for Colorado House District 4, and he shared this story about his son, Joshua:
Joshua asked me why I am glad that he likes to read. I was reminded of something I once read. There was an author named Jim Kjelgard.
He wrote several books about dogs and wildlife. One of his books, “Stormy” tells of a man who sees a dog trapped at the center, unfrozen part of a lake in wintertime. He goes and gets two boards, lays them down on the ice, puts one knee and one hand on one board, and the other knee and hand on the other board to spread his weight out so he can crawl across the thin ice without breaking through it.
Years after reading this, I was out on thin ice on a frozen over lake, and the ice gave way. Only one out of three people who fall through the ice live to tell about it, and I knew this at the time. I thought of “Stormy,” and instead of trying to pull myself up onto the ice with my hands, I decided to swim to get my body horizontal, then roll onto the ice so I would spread my weight over as much ice as possible.
It worked, I got myself out of the water, and up onto the ice. I am the one in three, because of that book. I owe my life to an author who died many years ago.
Why am I glad Joshua likes to read? Because you never know when something you read might save your life later on.
I thought the story was good enough to share here with readers, and writers. What you write in your book can save a life. Even if you’re writing fiction, you have a duty to your reader to be as truthful, factual, and honest as possible in your writing.
Make up the story. Have a blast creating characters, scenes, and events for your characters to survive. But when you give details of an event, think about what you write… Is there a chance that down the road apiece, your reader may NEED what you’re writing? The information you include in your book may save – or cost – a life.
If you’re reading a book, and want to know if something is factual, don’t TRY IT immediately, think it through and see if it passes the “might work in real life theory” and then use it if it makes sense. Common sense, even when reading is an important part of real intelligence. Use it.
Reading and education are important to the continuum of our nation. Mike Donald believes you get the best education when you actively become involved in reading programs and other worthwhile adventures that improve your life, offer more education, and build personal relationships.
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