Category Archives: Leisure and Renewal

Have Fun

Do something just for fun. Pleasure is one of life’s essential nutrients.
Cheryl Richardson

Our minds need relaxation, and give way
Unless we mix with work a little play.
Jean Moliére

Unfortunately, many people do not consider fun an important item on their daily agenda. For me, that was always high priority in whatever I was doing.
Charles “Chuck” Yeager

Take time every day to do something silly.
Philipa Walker

Once in a while try making a point of actually playing the way you did as a child. Go to the park, climb in a swing, and try to touch the limb of a nearby tree with your toes. Pull out your son’s skateboard and enjoy the way the technology has improved since you rode one of your own.
Thomas Kinkade

The Importance of Leisure

He that will make good use of any part of his life must allow a large part of it to recreation.
John Locke

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

Men cannot labor on always. They must have recreation.
Orville Dewey

Contrary to what many of us secretly believe, it’s not “cheating” to take a vacation or a day off or even just lie in the sun on Saturday instead of mowing the lawn. When we participate in recreation we are doing just what the name implies: allowing ourselves to be re-created and restored.
Thomas Kinkade


There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind.
Lady Mary Montagu

The only things that are going to change you from where you are today to where you are going to be five years from now are the people you meet and the books you read.
Lou Holtz

Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness.
Helen Keller

Men of power have no time to read; yet the men who do not read are unfit for power.
Michael Foot

I try to make time for reading each night. In addition to the usual newspapers and magazines, I make it a priority to read at least one newsweekly from cover to cover. If I were to read only what intrigues me – say, the science and business sections – then I would finish the magazine the same person I was when I started. So I read it all.
Bill Gates

Time for Yourself

For ongoing optimal energy, invest in something you love every day. Even a few minutes of pure bliss can keep you uplifted. Let’s face it, you’ll never find the time to do as you wish; you have to make the time – maybe in little chunks.
Suzanne Zoglio

Pampering yourself is a requirement for peace and happiness.
Susyn Reeve

Schedule a day of pampering. You need time to yourself to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. Do what you love, whether it’s a manicure or a massage or a bike ride or a round of golf. The money invested is well worth the decreased stress level you will experience.
Laura Stack

You need regular time to be alone, to reflect, to sit quietly. You also need time to talk privately with your spouse or friends. For a short break, go to the bedroom for a nap or soak in the tub. A fifteen-minute time-out can revitalize you.
Judy Ford

There are a lot of burned-out moms losing the joy of being a parent because they feel guilty about taking the time to receive. Moms feel like they are supposed to sacrifice everything for their families, and I understand that point of view. But, at the same time, if you’re not taking time to receive – body, soul and spirit – eventually you won’t have anything more to give.
Lisa Whelchel

The Importance of Rest

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer’s day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock

He that can take rest is greater than he that can take cities.
Benjamin Franklin

Rest is an enjoyable reward for hard work, but it is also necessary for continued effort.
Greg Quinn

Tired people make bad decisions.
Richard Jenrette

Steal time every day, if you cannot find it in any other way, to lie on the grass, or in a hammock, under a huge tree this lovely month, and relax. What a tonic this is for the soul. What a rest for weary nerves. Our husbands, children, friends – yes, and the nation – will profit by our relaxation. The greatest need today is for calmer homes, and no fireside can be calm unless its guardian is at peace with the world.
Nell Nichols

Have Fun

Unless each day can be looked back upon by an individual as one in which he has some fun, some joy, some real satisfaction, that day is a loss.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is so important to have what I call the enchanted sense of play.
Lucille Ball

Whence comes this idea that if what we are doing is fun, it can’t be God’s will? The God who made giraffes, a baby’s fingernails, a puppy’s tail, a crook necked squash, the bobwhite’s call and a young girl’s giggle, has a sense of humor.
Catherine Marshall

Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Anonymous, if a dog were your teacher

We were never meant to lose our playful spirit as we reach adulthood. Neither are we to divide our world rigidly into “serious” work and “relaxing” leisure. The lines are supposed to cross. We live far more joyfully when we allow ourselves a playful spirit even in our work and when we inject meaning and purpose into our play.
Thomas Kinkade


The saddest people are those who say they’ll work hard and enjoy themselves when they retire. Those are the guys you find face down in the cornflakes.
John Reynolds III

Few people do business well who do nothing else.
Lord Chesterfield

I took a walk on Spaulding’s farm the other afternoon. I saw the setting sun lighting up the opposite side of a stately pine wood.
Henry David Thoreau

If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.
Doug Larson

When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle