Recreation and re-creation

At this point in time in my life, most of my recreation is passive.  I do go to the gym 3-4 times a week for time on the treadmill and elliptical walker.  But, recreation is watching baseball or football on television — going to a movie with friends  — going out to dinner — taking a trip  —- going to the symphony.

However, the efforts of re-creation are ongoing.  We all need time for re-creation.  This is our Sabbath time — for many this may be on Sunday which will include time for worship.  For others, time for re-creation comes on Monday with sleeping late, going through the day without haste or obligation.

For others, re-creation is a round of golf …. with one or two friends …. no serious talk, lots of banter and laughter …. no pressure to WIN.

For others, re-creation means going to a quiet place by oneself — listening, breathing deep, taking time away from everyone and everything.

For me — a part of this summer’s re-creation is the realization that no one is putting pressure on me to do anything … the pressure is coming from myself …. and I can step back and say S – L – 0 – W down.

The so-called experience of “smelling the coffee”  or “smelling the roses” means breathing deep to sense the world around us.

For me … this means no blogging for a few weeks …. it means taking time away from all work …. realizing that others can and will do what I think I have to do …  being with friends and family ….. and simply ENJOYING WHAT IS.

I hope you have time for re-creation.


About thegospelforliving

Retired Catholic Priest - now serving the community as a paralegal and charter school consultant.
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1 Response to Recreation and re-creation

  1. Robbie says:

    Thanks Fr. Henry. I wouldn’t have thought so, but I guess I needed permission to enjoy what is.

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