To make the best use of free time, one needs to devote as much ingenuity and attention to it as one would to one’s job. Active leisure that helps a person grow does not come easily.
Finding Flow, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Currently re-reading Csikszentmihalyi’s ‘Finding Flow’— the Pyschology Today article, rather than the full text (never did finish that one). The quoted sentence is particularly resonant; if you haven’t been picking up on any of my posts on Twitter, Facebook or For Then & Ever More, I’m actually trying to take a holiday in Singapore. I say trying because I committed the cardinal sin of neglecting to turn my auto-responder on before I left, and my plaintive responses to some of the incoming mail— ”uh, you know I’m on holiday, right?”— lack potency in face of the fact that, if I’m still checking/answering email while on vacation, I deserve anything comes my way.
(Please do not take that last sentence as an invitation to launch a full-scale assault on my inbox.)
Ingenuity. Attention. Best use of free time. Got it.