There is reading, and there is writing. One is learning, and one is contributing. They are symbiotic; one reinforces the other, and both are essential.
The challenge for me is choosing which one is best at any given moment.

Do I spend most of my time learning, so that I have something with depth and facility about which to write? Or do I risk learning too much, having so many ideas swimming around in my head, and hence fail to contribute much original content to the planet’s unceasing conversation?

Both give me pleasure, learning and contributing. There are times when I cannot tell the difference between the two; in times of flow, I am learning while I contribute and contributing while I learn. Across the seams of powerful conversations, especially, all duality ceases to be and there is simply epiphany.

Those are the best of times.