Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Oh, and a Question to be Asked:

My last post has caused me to question something:
WHY do we need to be storm stayed, or have our ankles encased in plaster thus limiting our involvement in life, or have some other unusual circumstance arise that cuts us off from our daily routine in order to completely relax and enjoy some leisure???  WHY are we so unable to discipline ourselves to admit to having times of needing a break from our regular committments in life, and then actually taking those breaks without worrying or feeling guilty or even reneging on our decision to relax for a day?  
I guess it is a down side of living in a technological society that is production oriented and losing out on cultural aspects of life that induce good relaxation practises.  To sit and lose oneself in the beauty of a painting, or to lay on the sofa completely engrossed in a high quality operatic recording is to lose production time and to give up our usefulness to our society.  Even almighty God enjoyed a period of rest after creating the universe!
We are in a bad way in this 21st Century when we don't even recognize the short and long term consequences of not taking time to literally smell the roses......  

3 comments:

chris e. said...

Being a former workaholic who is still trying to find a happy medium and is prone to backsliding, this is something i've often wondered about. Maybe it's got its roots in geography. In the northern hemisphere you need to be prepared for winter; more preparation=better chance of getting through it. So we've kept that up--and added preparing for any other eventuality you can think of as mandatory too and that's become our ethic. In a lot of ways, it's trusting in the flesh and not the Lord. Work harder to get ahead! To where? People get indoctrinated at a tender age. Remember that annoying Jimminy Cricket Disney character? Always admonishing the youngin's to work harder. And Aesop's fables, the little ant that prepared for winter vs the other character (can't remember what kind of fauna) who decided to play his pipe and dance. I liked the pipe playing character. Never met an ant yet i didn't want to squash!

Susan said...

The ant's nemesis was the grasshopper. I best remember the story from an old tv series on the fables done in silhouette style. Kind of cool....

chris e. said...

Ok, somebody's been praying. Thank you SO much!!! In the last week, my workaholic obsession is not just under control, it's GONE. After 50 years of continually working myself to the point of injury and exhaustion (and feeling guilty if i didn't), i can finally just do a reasonable amount of work each day and not worry about the rest. Glory to God. And may He bless you abundantly, oh prayer warrior.