All Work and No Play

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DSC_0090I am writing this while sitting at Basin Park. I just had lunch at the Balcony Restaurant at the Basin Park Hotel here in Eureka Springs. I am in town for another two-week residency at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow.

I decided I needed to start a blog post that I could tpe in later.

Part of me says I need to get back to work on my book. Another part agrees, but insists I can do it later, after the rain comes in.

For now, I’m watching traffic, taking a few pictures, and enjoying the breeze.

Why am I telling you this? Do I have a point?

Yes. I do.

We all have things to do, places to go, people to see.

But do we ever slow down to enjoy the people and things around us?

(Right now a guy has started playing a guitar not too far from where I sit. He’s pretty good too.)

The doing — the work — is good, but enjoying things — playing — is too.

You know the swaying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? Why tolerate a dull life? Enjoy it!

Recently, in the news and circulating on Facebook and other social media sites, articles and reports talk about how Americans don’t take any time off. They always work. Why?

MasterCard companies is cashing in on this as well.

I’m not saying you have to live it up. I am saying enjoy what you have, who you love, while you can. You don’t have to be busy all the time.

6 thought on “All Work and No Play”

  1. Richard R. Barron

    My best, most fun vacations are the ones during which I push hard and work hard to explore, photograph and experience. For me, resting or relaxing isn’t refreshing, it’s frustrating. I want to hike dawn to dusk, or get up two hours before dawn to be someplace great for the sunrise. I use all of my vacation days, but not to sleep and eat. I want to play hard. ;>)

    1. jencnipps Post author

      I understand that. You’re not doing so to the exclusion of enjoying what you’re doing, though. You DO enjoy it, you just… go hard at it at the same time. Enjoyment and playing hard are not mutually exclusive.

  2. tandybelt

    I agree. I have a lot of work to do, but had an epiphany last week. I do not have to RUSH so much. I do not have to administer a hurry up, hurry up whipping in my heart every second, while running around breathlessly. Why do we DO that?

    1. jencnipps Post author

      I suspect it’s because of the ingrained nature of the so-called rat race. We’re not doing “enough” if we’re not rushing around like proverbial chickens with our heads cut off.

      Thanks for commenting.


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