A Deeper Gift of Vacation

A Deeper Gift of Vacation

“Amusement is a sort of relaxation, and we need relaxation because we cannot work continuously.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics “Leisure is the end of toil.” Aristotle, Politics Aristotle distinguishes two kinds of downtime: amusement and leisure. Amusement refers to...
Stress #2: Too Much To Do

Stress #2: Too Much To Do

“Toil mastered everything, relentless toil. And the pressure of pinching poverty.” Virgil, The Georgics Most people I speak to say that there are too busy. For many, this busy-ness is a significant source of stress. We feel trapped; we feel constrained to attend to...
The Work of Winter

The Work of Winter

“Each kind of work has its own season.” Hesiod, Works and Days I am convinced that our bodies, and souls, want to move with the rhythm of the seasons. But most of us have professions or callings in which our work does not really vary according to the season. And...
Good Work with Friends

Good Work with Friends

“Indeed friends seem to become better by working together…” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics There is something about good, hard work. You feel so alive, so purposeful. And when you work alongside people you love, you feel so alive and so purposeful together. We do not...
Gardening Teaches a Work Ethic

Gardening Teaches a Work Ethic

“The land provides the greatest abundance of good things, but doesn’t allow them to be taken without effort. It trains people to endure the cold of winter and the heat of summer.” “Furthermore, the land also freely teaches justice to those who are capable of learning;...

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