Like many keen readers I tend to download books onto a Kindle or Tablet. Even my daily reading of the bible is done online, (coffee in one hand, computer mouse in the other hand - which is why I avoid putting both hands together to pray).But, one of the things I’m enjoying, during this present suspension of normal daily routine, is reading a ‘real’ book.
Nothing quite compares to the feel of paper or the flicking over of a page. So, I’ve embarked on a hardback edition of ‘The Great British Dream Factory’. Sub-titled, ‘The Strange History of our National Imagination,’ this book is a serious but entertaining sociological study of life and culture in England. Pop music, cinema, politics, the Miner’s Strike, our shopping and leisure activities; they all provide a simple backdrop for a complex study of who we are and what we value.
As I am making my way through this excellent 650 page tome I am struck by the numbers of references or allusions to success, (or as often as not the lack of it). This immediately reminds me of a classic Business Management book I read several years ago, ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people’. For 25 years Stephen Covey’s book is said to have helped millions from all walks of life to lead successful and satisfying lives. Although it is a book I enjoyed, and occasionally still dip back into, I have struggled with the definition it gives of ‘successes. A definition that by default aligns or equates success with achieve