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


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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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885171542
  • Publisher: Council Oak Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,322,543
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 6.38 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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Chapter One


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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Table of Contents

A World from Rob ix
A Word from Walker xiv
A Renaissance Life 1
Work and Eggs 2
A Breath of Everything 3
Work, Tennis, and Family 4
Sleep In 5
Constant Motion 6
The Toll of Kindness 7
Giving Until It Feels Good 8
Stealing from Ourselves 9
Striking a Chord 11
The Seventh Day 12
Join the Dance 13
A 29.8-Hour Day 14
Step Off the Gas 16
Too Much of a Good Thing 18
Always on the Clock 20
Nature Abhors a Vacuum 21
The Riches of Time 23
Time-Saving Gadgets 25
To Do Nothing 26
Saving My Bumper 27
Keeping Up 30
A Larger Calling 31
The End of the Road 32
In the Black, and Blue 34
The Longest Short Kiss 35
What's an 8-Hour Day? 36
In Plain View 37
Coming Back to Life 39
Discovering the Dance 40
Simple Satisfactions 41
A Reverent Rhythm 42
My Front Porch 43
A Family Awakening 45
Double Duty 46
Putting Down Stakes 47
The Sincerest Form of Flattery 49
Stepping Over People 50
Risking Life 51
Re-Told Tales 53
The Best Medicine 55
Damn Lies & Statistics 56
To Thine Own Self Be True 59
Observe Your Play 62
A Good Game Spoiled 63
Fun If I Have To 64
The Art of the Frivolous 66
Posted: No Trespassing 67
The Cleansing Power of Vacations 69
To Play, To Live 72
Turn Off Your Cell Phone 73
Spirituality in the Mainstream 74
Remember Your Calling 76
Something Beyond 77
Body and Soul 78
A Leap of Faith 79
The Gift of Grace 81
More Than a Temporary Escape 82
Wiping Off the Game Face 83
Why Miss a Nice Day? 85
Space for Life 87
After Midnight 88
Seeking the Stillness 91
Doing One Thing 93
An End to Forgetting 94
Romanticizing the Past 96
Time Better Spent 98
Searching for Simplicity 99
Bonus Years 101
Life Is Too Important 102
Looking a Hero in The Face 103
The Gift of Discipline 104
Dancing Over Decorum 106
A Time to Laugh 107
Made By Hand 108
Lingering with Good Friends 110
Purposeful Play 112
Free to Play 113
Chronic Stress 116
Public Health Enemy Number One 117
Relative Wealth 120
Priorities Not Prudence 121
A Richer Currency of Life 122
Lots of Less 125
The Whole Person 126
I Shop Therefore I Am 128
The Obligations of Ownership 130
A New Hope 131
Losing to Win 134
Two Classes 135
The New American Dream 137
The Pursuit of Happiness 139
A Quiet Intersection 140
Time Alone 142
Forty Winks 144
Let's Do Lunch 146
A New Perspective 148
In Harmony with the Whole 149
The View From Nankoweap 151
Every Little Bit Counts 153
Coming Home 154
A Richly Textured Life 156
Unrehearsed 158
Wake Up! 159
Chasing Happiness 160
The Price of Perfection 162
Famously Obscure 163
Good Works 165
Planting Gardenias by the Dozens 167
The Family Taste Test 169
A Summer Lesson 171
Doing What We Say 173
Bringing Work Home 174
Built on Rock 176
Changing to Stay the Same 179
Doing Something with Ourselves 182
All Over With the Shouting 183
Grounded 185
Cheating Ourselves 186
Funny Business 188
A Worldwide Whistle-Stop 191
Only One Thing 192
The Main Course 193
Safety in Numbers 195
Engaged in Sports 198
Time for Friends 199
Keeping Connected 201
A Deeper Dialogue 203
Hands-On Healing 205
The Give-Away 207
A Third Choice 208
The Power of Imagination 210
A Question of Belief 212
The Times of My Life 214
Sunsets 217
Prepared for Prayer 218
Reverence for Life 219
Bibliography 221
Acknowledgments 230
About the Authors 234
About the Press 236
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