“What is this tile if full of care
We have no time to stand and stare …”
These words truly portray the state of the world today, where most of us are running a rat race and the rest of us are simply caught in a net of drudgery. We have no time to stop and look around us. We begin our day with the tensions of work and end it with those of traffic jams and power cuts.
For many of us there is no escape from this situation, but how different our lives would be if we took ten minutes off from our busy schedule to admire a butterfly, smell a flower or listen to the song of a bird. Some of us might simply like to sit down alone and be with our thoughts.
The concept of leisure differs for each person. Some people like to play cards, some to watch films, others to go shopping or visiting friends. There are yet others who just like to settle down with a good book. Whatever your concept of leisure, you must derive enjoyment and happiness out of it.
These days, doctors too advocate the necessity of leisure for a healthy life. Leisure is also important for the progress of civilization. It is the basis of all culture. I wonder whether Shakespeare could have written his memorable plays if he had spent all his time earning money and accumulating material goods … who knows? If Newton had not been relaxing under the apple tree or James Watt had not been idling away his time in his mother’s kitchen, we might never have heard of the law of gravity or the steam engine!