Whether it is the millenary prose of the Tale of Genji depicting the constancy and vagaries of human nature, Musil’s musings on the Man without Qualities or Tony Judt’s reflections on the danger of repeating the mistakes of the 20th century, art, theatre, literature and non-fiction are constant fountains of inspiration.
This is the one craft where the result is obtained through taking away, rather than adding. Chiselling marble into submission is thrilling, as well as endlessly time consuming (providing the added benefit of limiting the amateurish production).
I can’t jog, as I get too distracted by wandering thoughts. Then in 2001, I discovered that yoga fully absorbs both the mind and the body; great during business travel too.