WHAT IS YOUR PLAYING MENU LIKE?Is it BALANCED?
Life is about...WORK,REST AND FLOURISHING.We work to achieve excellence.We rest to recuperate our energy.And we start to flourish by force of nature,when the work and rest we have done start to produce good results .The only problem I have is,finding the right PLAY or PLEASURE,when I am flourishing.And I know,a lot of people have the same problem.We tend to stick with one diet.(and beat it to death)It is the equivalent of eating bread,in the morning,afternoon and evening,everyday.And then we question...why our lives feel unexciting?We have to make a deliberate and conscious decision to enjoy ourselves.And let me state here that...we show that we are thriving luxuriously,by the class of pleasure we are involved in.The general layman's understanding of flourishing in life is,having a beautiful shelter,intelligent and well-behaved offsprings and lots of festive experiences or holidays.It is fundamentally...much more than that,in reality.
How important is our playing time to well being?How diverse are the classes and types of pleasure we involve in,on a daily basis?Is it possible to equate our food types with our leisure endeavours,so we can see the importance of variety?
One thing that competes with ...our playtime is, the drive for excellence. I have come to understand that excellence is over-rated.What do I mean?Well,the achievements of great people in history has ...in time ,proven beneficial to all of us.However,I have also noted that...the wow! moment that comes after such achievement does not last forever.Human beings move onto the next thing.Of course,when we think,about the common good...excellence has no rival.On the other hand,on an individual(and maybe self-centred) basis...leisure has very little competition.It is very important.Excellence makes no sense...(to us),if there is no personal pleasure involved.In our bid to find excellence that benefits everyone (and accrues applaud),we should try to balance it with ...an adequate healthy playing time.
If I may return to the main topic...after that attempt to,prove the importance of sparing enough time for deliberate PLAY TIME.What is our playing MENU LIKE?
The best way...to look at playing time is,to consider every affair and aspect of life as a league(of some sort).In sporting terms,we understand how the league system works!There are a group of teams or individuals competing for a common prize,under an agreed set of rules.And it makes ....for more fun,when there is an audience or fan base that follow it.This is the concept that has made ...examples like F1,music charts,Olympics,Fashion parades,soap dramas and football's champions league great successes.
There are many leagues in this world.And your playtime can be divided equally between these interests.(either as a participant,an observer/follower or a committed fan).It would enrich your life,and make your play menu....balanced.
This is the most influential league.I would probably say...it is the most popular one.You could be talking of football,cricket,athletics,rugby,golf,tennis,motor sports,board games(between family members or friends).There are so many sports ....people participate in that we can get involved with or follow;mountain climbing,basketball,baseball,volleyball and others.
What is happening...in your social circles?On the local level?On the national and international level?In your area ...what is happening?Clearly,this is a league ...most people are comfortable with...I am not a huge fan.Celebrity following ...is another huge aspect of this league.With everything in life...extreme behaviour and obsessions can easily become a lifestyle.I hardly,advocate this ....with any of the leagues mentioned here.Twitter and Facebook have become easy media of interactions.And information of all kinds of details ....are exchanged.In real time,people are made aware of what is going on(like a mini-village)for better or worse.Sadly,for some ...this is the only league they follow.
Great economies have been built by great minds and human effort.The crisis of today...has it's roots in the history of economics.A league ....consisting of the American,Russian,European and Asian economies,is worth following.How did the German Economy become so strong?Is it really that strong?These are questions,one can ask,and find answers to....even if you are on minimum wage....or of average intelligence.The basic questions are not hard to understand.And the more ...you follow this league,the more intelligent and aware you become...
This consists of the filming ,music and TV industry.It could also encompass every other sphere of life....in a broader sense.How well did ...the big buster film do in the cinema?Who is leading in the music charts?It may have "little"to do with your struggle to survive daily but ,it is a healthy distraction.BELIEVE ME.
This league has the worst reputation.And I for one,understand why it draws a lot of apathy.Nevertheless,I still find it intriguing.Politics has drawn its lines along ideology and affluence.As much as...the expected standard of conduct of politicians has gone unmatched,I still find their attempts to disguise their failures,as hilarious.Remember, culprits...do get punished,sometimes.
This is the oldest league ....in the world.The two-tier league between males and females.With the evolution of human nature and behaviour,society has seen a lot of
changes in the way we treat each other.We have (with time)defined and redefined the roles of each sex in society.And the trend or ebb and flow ...of this notion can be characterised as a league that can be followed by every one.Ofcourse ,the big question..we have asked over millenniums is ,WHO IS ON TOP:men or women,and why?I am not keen on this league but,I appreciate a section of us,are hugely impressed by it.
The fashion business is worth billions.And that fact coincides with the fact that...our society is influenced heavily by what happens in that world.New developments by the leading names...can be followed and admired.
...And this does not refer only to financial might.It also includes intellectual and emotional wealth.Some people find fun...in tracking down information about the most wealthy individuals in the world.Some enjoy following the tables of the most influential and powerful names:how they rank against each other.And how ...some of them manage to move up the "league table".IT CAN BE FUN.
if there is a league that has developed rapidly over the last decade;it is this one.New ways of exercising have propped up from nowhere.And equipments for gyms all over world have evolved by the years.It is worth ...staying in touch with new ideas about fitness and nutrition.And you can still be a ...couch potato while doing it(just joking!)
IN SUMMARY ,FUN IS NOT ...STRIVING TO GAIN THE "GOOD" things in life,so you can spend the rest of your days ..showing it off .FUN is living each day with a healthy balanced set of pleasures after you have worked and rested for the day....that is when your SOUL is nourished and happy.Austin4sports.com.ENJOY THE OSCARS,everyone.