“A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Of the things that you do at home, how many are truly enriching versus simply entertaining? Entertainment options have proliferated over the last few decades. Cable and satellite television. The internet. iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps. Books in print. Books on tape. Kindle. Old school exercise. Wii Fit exercise. Gardening. Cooking. Meditating. The list is endless!
Entertainment activities are a valuable luxury afforded by our present civilization. We’ve enjoyed leisure time for long enough that most see it as being inextricably woven into the fabric of life, yet many generations have come and gone in the pages of history with little to no experience of “down-time.” But it isn’t, really and you are wise to appreciate it and make the best possible use of it, rather than take it for granted. Leisure is a luxury, not a given.
If you choose wisely, your down-time activities will give you rest, reorder your consciousness and help you decompress after a busy day or week. If you choose poorly, you’ll likely waste time, end up in a brain fog and feel even more under the gun when you get back to business.
The choice is yours!
7 thoughts on “Enriching Down-Time”
This is an excellent thing to consider and I plan on making some immediate changes – thanks for the starting point!
Sometimes it’s difficult to realize that leisure time is not a given. It should come last, usually. There are exceptions, of course, but if you’re in the habit of putting leisure before responsibility, you won’t enjoy either your leisure time nor your responsibility.
Wow, truer words were never spoken!! We’ve all heard of “bubble gum” or junk food for the mind. You are what you read, watch and think about.There is so much to do that is interesting, creative, challenging and fun.
Thanks for the reminder that it takes a willing heart and mind to make the most of the present moment, “down” time or not!
Thanks for this, just comming off 24 hrs of work in the last 48, your timeing is perfect as I sit and ponder the most creative way to handle this day I have been given in preparation for the next big thing.
This time will be utilized to the greatest advantage!
Wonderful points, thank you!
So true! How many return from a vacation feeling more exhausted? A wise use of down time should provide a nourishing deposit in the metaphoric bank account at many levels.