All Work and No Play

TRunning Girls Statuesoo much work and not enough recreation or fun activities

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Proverb

Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of man’s being. Orson Swett Marden

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life. William A Ward

When there is balance things tend to work more smoothly. Too much or too little of certain things can cause our sense of balance to get out of whack. Some of us do not have a good balance in our lives and may be missing what being “well-balanced” would do for us. The adage “all work and no play” captures this concept fairly well. This also applies from the opposite direction, “all play and no work” does not promote and provide an even keel either. There are many aspects of our lives needing to be held in proper balance. We need a proper mixing of components and in the appropriate quantities to maintain a healthy life. We do need fun and calming influences.

There is a sense of on-going maintenance to be healthy. Most are acquainted with the consequences of not maintaining our vehicles and not keeping them in proper balance. Failure to do things at the right time and in the right manner can and does come back to haunt us. Each of us need to be maintained. Failure to do the right things and in the right manner has its consequences. A way to look at this is; each of us need to have our own “prescription” just as one that might be given to us by our medical doctor. If not properly balanced already, we need to have intervention and add something to our routine such as recreation, exercise, a change in our eating habits, time for rest, meditation and other such things. We may need a healthy dose of fun. All work and no play is similar to not changing oil in our cars. We lose our efficiency and may find ourselves broken down as a result.

Chances are we know when we lack sufficient balance in our life. There are time this applies to each of us. Adages “slow down and smell the roses”, “not burning the candle at both ends” and “an ounce of prevention” may apply. Each of us needs our own “script” of those things that allow us to “chill”, “cool down” and recharge.

We are what we do and do not do in life. Sometimes our routine need adjusting, changing or modifying. We do want to perform at our best and to continuing performing at our best. Avoiding and ignoring these important things does and will have negative consequences.

Challenge: There is more to life than just work. It should consist of the right amounts a number of things. A well-balanced life has time to relax and reflect. It includes time to spend with family and friends. All this must be managed and controlled. Failure to do so may result in working all the time and spinning your wheels trying to keep up with an ever increasing and demanding, busier and busier schedule. Be a good manager of yourself.

Wisdom: Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, and integrated wholeness. Stephen Covey

Spiritual: (NIV)

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

A well-balanced life includes a spirit of love. It is the power of love that allows us to rise above conditions and be more in control of our thoughts and actions and less reactive to them. Those who seem to have it together are those who have good attitudes about themselves and their lives. We are always limited both in our attitude and our ability to love because of our sinful nature. God enables and shows us the way to live with a loving attitude.

Prayer: Help me to overcome my selfish ways and to learn to have a more loving attitude.


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