The lost art of leisure

Whatever happened to leisure?

Author Ryan Holiday defines leisure as- “freedom from the work needed to survive, freedom for intellectual or creative pursuits.”

Many of history’s greatest figures, from Ben Franklin to Churchill, took leisure seriously. Reading, writing, painting, socialising, walking even, all scheduled into their days.

Leisure is following our curiosity and delighting in the world around us.

Yet today, it has been replaced by seeking stimulation.

From binging Netflix to scrolling through Social Media, our downtime is today about stoking our overstimulated minds to drown out the stresses of everyday life.

The cost?

We no longer get the restoration leisure once provided.

Costly indeed.

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