Transformation Requires Rest and Play
by Daniel D. Maurer
There. I said it.
I'm tired of chasing. Of thinking of new blog topics. Of running after clicks and answering emails. Of talking of people about new book deals. Of interviewing and driving and teaching.
And no. I'm not bitching about this. I'm actually quite grateful for the opportunities to do these things.
I love the life of a writer and I'm one of the few fortunate ones to actually make a living at doing this thing.
But I gotta tell you . . . I'm damn exhausted and I had better watch it—for my own sake. I know that running hard like this isn't good for the spirit. Human beings need rest and relaxation. Fortunately, over the past couple of days I had the opportunity to take some time off on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota at a good friend's retreat she is about to open up soon. (I got a sneak peek!)
On Friday, I slept in. Then, I read. Then, I went to the Split Rock Lighthouse and took photos and breathed. It was glorious. So much so that after having completed a successful book event in the North Country, I'm yearning for that time again.
But, for now, I'll write a short blog post and share with you what recreation is really all about . . .
I believe firmly that a synonym we use for play in English—recreate—is exceedingly apt. It means to "create again." It's "holy" play. It's a rediscovery of what we're meant to be as human beings—"story creatures" who enjoy imagining, jumping around on rocks, playing with newfangled technological wonders just for the joy of it.
Re-creation is a slice of heaven. Every human being deserves to have this time.
What do you do to re-create? How does it positively transform your life for the better?
Make your change now.
Daniel D. Maurer is the curator of this blog. He loves writing, the outdoors, reading, gardening and simply living in the joy that life can bring.
<< That's his dog, Lazarus. He really knows how to recreate.