Life Is Not Work, Work Is Not Life: Simple Reminders for Finding Balance in a 24/7 World

Life Is Not Work, Work Is Not Life: Simple Reminders for Finding Balance in a 24/7 World

by Robert K. Johnston, J. Walker Smith
     
 

In no small way, our lives have been defined by work. In order to support our work ethic, we need to refresh ourselves. And, what is even more important, we need to find a balance between work and the rest of life.

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In no small way, our lives have been defined by work. In order to support our work ethic, we need to refresh ourselves. And, what is even more important, we need to find a balance between work and the rest of life.

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"Our desire for spiritual growth can help us balance the role of work in our lives," write Robert Johnston and J. Walker Smith in Life Is Not Work, Work Is Not Life: Simple Reminders for Finding Balance in a 24/7 World. Americans, they say, have allowed work to become too all-encompassing and must slow downnot a particularly new message, but one that is delivered here with thoughtful anecdotes and suggestions for change. Many readers will appreciate the authors' pint-sized recommendations for spiritual growth through deliberate moderation. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885171542
Publisher:
Council Oak Books
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 6.38(h) x 0.73(d)

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Chapter One


A RENAISSANCE LIFE


Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment. Go some distance away because a lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen.—Leonardo da Vinci

Such wise advice this is—from Leonardo da Vinci no less, the prodigious polymath of the Italian Renaissance. Painter, sculptor, engineer, astronomer, anatomist, biologist, geologist, physicist, architect, philosopher, humanist. His legacy of work inspires us yet today. Did he ever rest? Well, he certainly believed that balance, too, is a supreme accomplishment, if not the most sublime. This archetypal Renaissance man believed that work suffers, indeed, is inharmonious and out of all proportion, if not tempered by some distance and relaxation. The genius of da Vinci's counsel is not simply that work should be paralleled by life, but rather that without a life, work itself is compromised.


Excerpted from LIFE IS NOT WORK, WORK IS NOT LIFE by Robert K. Johnston and J. Walker Smith. Copyright © 2001 by Robert K. Johnston and J. Walker Smith. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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