03 April 2012

"What do we do with our leisure time?"

Have not read, nor do I plan to read this book but the quoted excerpt definitely struck a chord and made me stop and think.  This idea of, "we are drawn—powerfully, magnetically—to those things that are easy, convenient, and habitual, and it is incredibly difficult to overcome this inertia. Active leisure is more enjoyable, but it almost always requires more initial effort—getting the bike out of the garage, driving to the museum, tuning the guitar, and so on." The things that we really enjoy doing often take more initial effort to plan/initiate/embark on but the rewards are so much greater.  Yet, as is often quoted, we are creatures of habit.  We will usually spend our time however we are used to spending it, however is easiest, even if the payback in joy isn't as rich.  
I have seen this firsthand in my own life over the last few weeks of Lent.  I gave up computer time after 7 pm.  I don't get a ton of real enjoyment or enrichment from internet time.  I learn some, I waste some time, I check out new music.  I'm not saying it is a waste of my time, but there are other things I would probably be happier doing, but it is that habit of hopping online and checking sites, reading things.  It is a very easy way to pass time.  So with Lent I have been forced to get my computer time into a compacted timeframe then close the lid.  And I have found other ways to enjoy myself.  I've explored my neighborhood on a lot of walks.  Cooked.  Cleaned.  Read books.  Watched movies.  Patio drinks with friends.  
In the future I'll work on remembering "Don't do what is easy.  Do what I enjoy the most."


  1. How true, thanks for sharing.

  2. great thought, I hope to do this more myself. I have changed some things, but have ideas for more this summer. Thanks