I was rummaging through the books in a second hand store last week when I found a book called ‘How to be Free’ by Tom Hodgkinson. It is all about living a simpler and freer way of life. In the chapter, ‘Banish Anxiety; Be Carefree’, Hodgkinson writes about the importance of feeding your mind with quality materials. A diet of good writing will produce quality thoughts and a self-sufficient, resourceful person whereas, newspapers and magazines do little to stimulate our mind (WQ, of course is exempted from this category). He goes on to write that feeding your mind with good quality ingredients, books, food and beauty will produce useful and beautiful things.
In the next Chapter, ‘Reject Career and All Its Empty Promises’, Hodgkinson writes that that we need to return self-sufficiency and creativity to our lives. Careers don’t allow us to be fully ourselves; careers take as an index of success money and status rather than pleasure in work and creativity. We have a duty to look into our hearts and discover our vocation, find our gift. Once we have done this, we will find that other parts of life follow quite naturally. So the next time you feel guilty about spending some time to yourself to write or to read a good book, remember these words.