May 28     

Today's quotation:

Recreation's purpose is not to kill time, but to make life, not to keep a person occupied, but to keep them refreshed; not to offer an escape from life, but to provide a discovery of life.


Today's Meditation:

I'm a firm believer in recreation, for I've seen and felt its positive effects in my life over and over again.  It's something that I take very seriously, and something that keeps me able to work at very high levels.  Without recreation, I know that I'd start to wear out and burn out at work-- with recreation, I keep myself energized and enthusiastic, looking forward to the work that I do because I feel good about myself and the world.

Without recreation, the world can become a bleak place indeed.  If we do nothing but work and then go home and eat and sit on a couch and watch television, we're really not respecting our bodies or our minds or our spirits.  Going out and doing something interesting can be a huge boon to our spirits; finding recreation that exercises our bodies and our minds can keep us youthful and vigorous, and prevent us from going old before our time or getting so bored with life in general that it no longer brings us any joy.

Recreation takes many forms, and it's important that we find things that we like.  For me, running, walking and biking are the best forms of recreation.  I'm not a good skier, I don't like the limitations and hyper-competitiveness of competitive sports (only during certain seasons, only when there are enough people, etc.), and I'm not at all good at something that requires me to put something like skis on my feet.  So I know what I like to do, and I do it as much as I can because I want to show respect to this body that's carried me through this life so far.

It's a shame that so many people refuse to take part in recreation, because they're only causing themselves to suffer, often in ways that they don't even notice.  Recreation isn't something that should be optional-- we should make it an important part of our lives, because it so positively affects the other parts of our lives.

Questions to consider:

What are some recreational activities that you enjoy that are easy to participate in?

What is life like without any form of recreation at all?

What are some of the benefits of making sure that we take part in recreational activities?

For further thought:

Being able to provide for the family is important, but living without recreation is like a car without gas.  Itís stopped and parked waiting to be taking away.  So why not give it some gas and take it to a wonderful place.

Lian Chin

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