Over the next few posts, I’ve decided to share some of the words that are pinned up on my study wall.
This is the room where I do my writing, plan my lessons and tutor some of my students, so it’s a special place where much of my waking life is spent. The window looks out onto a northern roof-scape of Glastonbury, with St Edmunds Hill towards the west and – if you know where to look – St Michael’s Tower (the one on top of Glastonbury Tor) just visible above treetops over to the east.
Above the door there’s a small metal sign, bearing the word:
That’s to remind me what I’m here to do. It’s what living, educating and writing are all about.
Ranged around the walls are other texts from various sources, which have shaped my thinking – and consequently my life.
Today I’m going to share a passage written by a fellow Glastonbury resident – a mystic and visionary who, among other things, created the trust which still runs the beautiful Chalice Well Gardens – my number one favourite place in the world.
His words, having been written in the early twentieth century, pre-date our rather wafty New Age terminology, but the sentiment is clear, and his uncompromising words have helped me to take stock and refocus when doubts and worries have threatened to take over.
The importance of positive, constructive, optimistic thinking all day long cannot be over-estimated. The fight on which you and I are constantly engaged is against the so-called forces of fear, depression, self-centredness and frustration. Bar your gates against these negative forces as the first step towards making yourself and your life of greater service to others.
Wellesley Tudor Pole