“Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they are after.” -Henry David Thoreau
This week I would like to talk about leisure time! I love this quote by Thoreau, because it makes me mindful of the fact that even in everyday activities one can find a peace that fills their soul. And as I interpret this quote, it is best to be aware of these activities to get the most benefit from them.
I was reminded of this idea today while grocery shopping. My awesome husband almost always watches the kids while I get the groceries. And today as I wondered the aisles, I bumped into a mom I know who was pushing a double stroller; she smiled at me and said “Lucky! You are alone!” I laughed and realized I was lucky. That comment changed the whole experience for me because it made me appreciate that I was getting this menial task done without the extra concerns of entertaining kids, keeping them safe and trying to make healthy food choices. And if you are a mom, you have probably laughed (or cried) when you realized that you consider going to the grocery store without your kids “me time”.
So this week, I have two suggestions for living a more relaxed and contented life in work and play. First, identify tasks or activities you do that are sort of enjoyable, sort of work. For example, grocery shopping. I like shopping for food, but it is also something I *have to* do. This means that it isn’t totally fun all the time. Once you have identified your activity, list three things that you appreciate about it. Try to remember these things next time and see how it alters the experience for you.
Second, pick an activity you do for no other reason but fun and go do it. Just enjoy the time, and let it recharge you.
Ok, that’s it! Let me know what you came up with in the comments below! And have a wonderful week.Show