I don’t like to use highlighters when I read and study because I usually find the bright ink on a page distracting. When I use them, and then when I go back to review my notes, I will often only look at what I highlighted, as if the words that I didn’t highlight weren’t worth reviewing and reconsidering, as if the words that I did highlight were the only words on that page that were worth highlighting. And this is, in fact, rarely the case, and it bothers me that those other words and ideas can become as easily forgotten as the Velveteen Rabbit.
I do have a few exceptions to this rule, however, and one of them is when I find words that capture why I do what I do and what I am passionate about.
For example, I highlighted the following quote (in a soft blue crayon – not bright highlighter ink, if you must know) from the very beginning of Larry Daloz’s book Mentor for this very reason:
“A good education tends to our deepest longings, enriches them, nourishes the questions from which grow the tentative answers that, in turn, sow fresh questions about what really matters” (p. 4).
This quote represents the whole deal about Learning to Inquire that I like so much. I hope that you’ll agree with me that it was well worth highlighting, and I’d also like to let you know that it’s certainly not the only thing on page 4 that is worthy of our consideration. As far as I’m concerned, there are no Velveteen Rabbits in Daloz’s toy box at all!