Years ago I read a lovely book by Ernie Zelinski titled The Joy of Not Working. It challenges readers to have a proper perspective on the importance of paid employment and to suck the marrow out of life and living it.
One of the activities in the book is creating a Get a Life Tree. Readers draw out a ‘tree’ with branching ideas of leisure activities they have done in the past and ones they would like to try. Additional categories can be added like activities you can do by yourself, ones to do with others, free activities, ones for a short timeframe vs. ones to do at a future point in time, etc.
It’s a great exercise in creativity to brainstorm a host of fun, worthwhile things to do that challenge you and open you to new experiences.
The really fun part, though, is putting words into action- getting out there and doing what you’ve listed on your Tree.
I love digging out my Tree, crossing off things I’ve done, selecting new ones to tackle, feeling the excitement of new adventures, and adding new ideas to the Tree.
There are always new adventures waiting on the horizon. Why not ‘get a life’ and go after them?
Inanimate Object- a stream of consciousness
Lifeless, limply hanging, wishing for a breath of life
Dust- living creatures turned into inanimate objects
Dust to dust, ashes to ashes
Faded photos, worn out shoes
Pieces of saints sealed in gold bottles- venerated inanimate objects
Towering cathedrals, lingering incense, echoes of silence
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