Do you suppose it's just a coincidence that Daffy Duck looks so much like a Catholic priest?
But seriously. Have you ever considered what thoughts, inspiration, ideas, gifts, and blessings will come to us if only we can be still long enough to listen or receive them?
Years ago I read the book, "Leisure: The Basis of Culture" by Josef Pieper. The book blew my mind. Pieper points out the loss of humanity and the spiritual death that results when we allow our lives to be work-centered rather than leisure- or worship-centered. He points out how impoverished we become when we "kill time," even and especially our best quality time, by continually filling it with inane amusements and vapid distractions. Here are some quotes from the book:
- Absolute activity makes one bankrupt in the end.
- Man mistrusts everything that is without effort... he refuses to let himself be given anything. He does not want to be what God wants him to be, and that means that he does not want to be what he really, in the ultimate sense, is.
- Leisure is not the attitude of the one who intervenes but of the one who opens himself; not of someone who seizes but of one who lets go, let's himself go.
- The greatest, most blessed insights... come to us above all in the time of leisure.
By the end of summer I pray that we all realize that our greatest joys are those we never could have worked for or obtained for ourselves. They come to us as pure gift. I pray that we can know such gifts even and especially in solitude, when we are alone, and in the deepest parts of ourselves. Then our hearts will have known true and holy leisure.