Workand leisure have become two different, but yet intertwined wordsthrough their meaning. In simplified definition, or reference,leisure is seen as the balance between an individual’s work andrest, and can be achieved in both cases, (in the rest as well as inwork). With the increasing automation of workplaces, and the elementof early retirement, the aspect of leisure is greatly changing(Niyogi et al, 2014). Different people have different views of thetwo aspects ‘work and leisure’. This paper analyzes two quotesfrom different people, but all about leisure.
Theseare the quotes by GeorgeEastman,who said, “whateverpeople do during their working hours, it determines what theypossess, but their leisure time determines who they are”.On the other hand, RalphEmerson saidpeopleshould protect their free time, as they are like uncut diamonds, oncethey lose theirs, they will never know their value, but once theyimprove them, they would an important gem in a useful life.
Thefirst statement by George Eastman argues that whatever we do duringour work time usually determines what we have. This means that themoney and property we own usually come from what we do during ourwork time. The second part of the statement argues that our leisuretime determines what we are. This means that our leisure time is oneof the sources of joy that we have. As stated earlier, it is duringour leisure time that we make sure that we have done what we lovemost (Taneja, 2013). In this case it is our hobbies that occupy ourleisure time. This goes without saying that this is where our joyusually comes from. Most of are defined by what we do during ourleisure time.
Thesecond statement argues that one should make sure that he or sheguards his or her leisure time. One should not just misuse it bydoing things that do not ass value of that particular person. Hecompares leisure time to uncut diamonds that are so precious in thesense that one may not notice their value by just looking at them. Onthe same note, one may not be able to know the value of leisure timeby just misusing it with things that do not add value to one’slife. The statement puts the importance of that time into emphasis inthe sense that it is one of the most useful parts of one’s life.This means that it should be preserved and taken care of withoutwasting it (Niyogi et al, 2014). This is the reason as to why thestatement puts it that one should preserve his or her leisure time.
Thetwo statements are similar because they emphasize the importance ofleisure time in one’s life. When I look at the lives of most of myfriends, it is clear that most of them are happy with what they dowith their leisure times more than what they do with their work time.In this case, leisure time determines who they are. For example, mostof my friends watch soccer when they are free. On the weekends, theyspend their time watching soccer, which seem to make them happy. Onthe same note, I have seen that one of my older friends takes histime to further his studies on the weekends and when he has his freetime. This shows that the leisure time that one has may be used in aconstructive way in order to make sure that one has achieved his orher goals in life. The statements sound as a caution against usingone’s free time on the wrong to avoid regretting in future.
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