Monday, April 18, 2011

What Jack, Mark and John Can Teach You About Having Fun and Recreation

We all are trained to see a dichotomy between work and recreation. No doubt those two are different. But are they opposites?

What's the latest fun thing have you done?
Photo credit: Ya-TAAHHHH!!! by Josh Libatique

The dichotomy between work and play is expressed to children in nursery rhymes. No wonder why many of us grow with the notion that when you're working, you should not be having fun.

Let me elaborate . . .

The nursery rhyme, described as "Proverb" in Wikipedia (whatever!) goes,

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

Sounds cool, doesn't it? But then some writers have added a second line to it, and it now goes...

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.

Do you agree with the second line? I mean, how do you think Tiger Woods, or Manny Pacquiao, or Michael Jordan respond to that line? What about Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki?

I love it when Mark Twain says,

The secret of success is to make your vocation your vacation.

Do you agree with that statement? First of all, do you have a vocation? If not, then why aren't you in the career that you truly want? It would be tough having fun in the career you don't want.

If you have a vocation, how does that feel? Does it even feel like work? Or are you at play? Tell me about it.

To those who think recreation is only for the vane, let's listen to John Wanamaker:

People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness.

Do I hear, "Ouch!" No, more like a set of that perhaps? What do you think of that statement? Scary, isn't it?

If it's a choice between recreation or illness, then isn't the choice a few notches clearer to you?

What fun things have you done in your life lately? Does the list include your work? Is the list limited to things around your work? What does the list tell you?

Let fun count among your fondest memories! You can't afford not to.


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