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15: Staying Balanced and Remembering the Need for Rest
What makes you happy? Undoubtedly, there would be numerous and varied answers to this question. Aristotle said, “One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly, one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.” Let’s talk about what it means to be happy.
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- After big weekend celebrations for my daughter’s graduation and birthday, I am exhausted!
- Rest and balance are essential, which is one of the themes of Aristotle’s work, the Nicomachean Ethics, from which the above quote is taken
- Everyone wants to be happy, but the extremes of life bring much unhappiness
- Being kind to your body with rest brings happiness
- Times of insane busy-ness have to be balanced with times of rest
- It’s OK to plan in times for rest and relaxation
- Aristotle advocated principles of moderation and balance, not pushing too far in either direction
- What are the things and who are the people who take your energy from you? (these might be “EGR” people—”extra grace required”)
- Identify the activities that cost you the most energy each day: “What you give your energy to, you’re giving your life to.”
- Are you pursuing happiness? (which is not necessarily the same as FUN)
- This summer, can you allow the time to slow down? “Live life. Don’t just push through it like a machine.”
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