Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Art of Leisure

The ability to find leisure in our lives thins as we grow older. It's not that opportunities don't present themselves, but there seems to be a level of guilt that attaches to down time. We should be doing something...anything. Resting or relaxing is just another form of inactive lack of productivity. Clean the house, check the e-mail, deal with the kids, take out the dog. We find things to take our time.

But leisure, that time we give to ourselves in solitude just to breathe and deflate and maybe explore without planning, helps rejuvenate the mind and body. Giving ourselves a break once in a while centers the mind and detaches us from the treadmill of life. At its best, leisure is a personal journey of self-discovery. Other times, it is an exploration with others, perhaps on a road trip to nowhere in particular. Discoveries and possibilities are endless, but only if we actively make an effort to grasp those opportunities.

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