Junk food is quick and tastes good, but it offers no nourishment to your body. Did you ever think about the fact that there is junk food for your mind? Everything we read, everything we watch, everything we listen to feeds out minds. Are you choosing things that will nourish you or something quick and tasty with no nutritional value?
Don’t get me wrong. Just like there’s nothing wrong with the occasional serving of nachos with processed cheese food, there’s nothing wrong with the occasional mindless movie, tv show, or book. However, a steady diet of mental junk food will make your mind slow and flabby just as surely as living on the drive-through will do that to your body.
It’s often been said that who you will be a year from today is determined by the people you meet and the books you read. I think that’s a valid point. What you’re feeding your mind makes a difference. Of course, when it comes to feeding the mind one person’s cotton candy is another person’s apple. Take fashion magazines—if you’re a math teacher it’s mindless entertainment; if you’re a fashion designer it’s important research.
I’m not suggesting that you stop reading, watching, or listening to anything that’s simply for pleasure. What I am suggesting is that you make a concerted effort to make sure you’re feasting on things of substance—biographies of interesting people; books taking a deeper look at issues of faith, finance, leadership, etc.; classic works of fiction (there’s a reason they’re classics). A little bit of chocolate cake is fine as long as it’s part of a well-balanced diet.