I received a Nook for Christmas. This is surprising because anyone who knows me has heard me go on and on about how the actual books will always be better than a screen. I’ve been saying it for a couple of years. It wasn’t a secret. Apparently I don’t talk to my Aunt much because there it was. I was in that surprised middle state of curious, skeptical, excited and pure surprise (which in our age of Christmas lists is more and more rare).
So there I was with an unexpected, great gift and a conundrum. Do I disrupt my strongly held belief that I won’t enjoy it? Of course I do! What is life without change or without challenging your beliefs? So I purchased the book I was currently in the middle of reading and set about trying out this strange device.
Needless to say, that deeply held belief is now changed. I have found a place for the Nook in my life and am better for it (now we just need e-book prices to be more reasonable). It hasn’t even been a month – that’s rapid improvement!
What’s the moral? Constantly challenge your beliefs. The deeper and more strongly you hold a belief the more often you should let it be challenged. If you hold a belief that hasn’t been challenged in awhile, what is the purpose of that belief?