CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As we enjoy these summer days (at least the ones that don't involve 100 percent humidity), it can be a time to indulge in our favorite leisure activities. In today's world, though, we often don't know how to turn off the switch from work-related pursuits to leisure pursuits.
The very definition of leisure, according to Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, is "freedom provided by the cessation of activities; time free from work." And yet our work ethic can drive us to want to make that project just perfect!
Part of this drive may come from all the information that's at our disposal these days. The Internet has countless websites devoted to our very passions. Or just surf the channels on TV, and you'll find comparisons on networks like Do It Yourself, HGTV and Discovery, just to name a few - or shows like "Project Runway" that show what you can whip up under an extreme deadline with just a few materials.
Which is all well and good IF we take the information and channel it appropriately. More than likely, though, we tend to compare our efforts with others we see. Before ya know it, here comes that internal judge in his/her black robe to remind us:
Sound familiar? I tune into that same "radio station" in my head sometimes, too.
I ran across something the other day that was a helpful reminder for me. In my ongoing organizational project at home (talk about the internal judge showing up), I found an article that was sent to me by my musical mentor, Ron Sowell. As you may know, Ron is a wonderful singer/songwriter, the leader of the "Mountain Stage" band and the musical director at the Unity church, among other things. I love the work he does with kids - and the way he instills a love of music in them. Now that's one group that can stay in the moment and not have "the judge" rain on their parades!
Ron has been encouraging me to work up a "gig" with him. While I get my courage up to do this, I've reflected on an article he shared with me, authored by songwriter Dalton Roberts. I've included some excerpts below - holding the vision they may strike a chord with you.
"Do It For the Sheer Delight"