On Leisure

“Leisure, it must be clearly understood, is a mental and spiritual attitude- it is not simply the result of external factors, it is not the inevitable result of spare time, a holiday, a weekend or a vacation. It is, in the first place, an attitude of mind, a condition of the soul…

Leisure is a form of silence, of that silence which is the prerequisite of the apprehension of reality: only the silent hear and those who do not remain silent do not hear…

For leisure is a receptive attitude of mind, a contemplative attitude, and it is not only the occasion but also the capacity for steeping oneself in the whole of creation. “

Lesiure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper

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  1. Looks like a great day – and the quote is terrific. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is profound, I mean when I read it first I thought yes but felt I should read it again knowing that there was something deep here and my brain fog from it being early wasn’t let me grasp it. I read it again and it sank in. I am going to be pondering this all day, I can tell. It is truly a wonderful concept about leisure. This is one of the many times I love having older children. I will be sharing this quote with them and discuss it later today. I feel it will encourage a great conversation.

    • I keep having to re-read it, too. :) I have a feeling there’s far more here than I’m truly grabbing hold of. I would love to hear your kids’ thoughts about it.

  3. So does this mean you did what I did and acquiesced Christmas tree duties to the husband and older kids while you stayed home? I think I may do that every year. Next year with a little more leisure :)

  4. I have left the tree to others for the last two years but…but…next year I think I am going to have to offer a little more guidance :)

    Always love Pieper.

  5. Nice quote. Very deep. It is so beautiful I had to share it with my husband first thing! Silence is necessary for the apprehension of reality and allows one to steep oneself in the whole of creation. Wow! This really speaks to me and times when I have felt most connected to God. Soaking up his grace is such a gift! Thanks for the great post. I recently found your blog after a friend was talking about it and I can see from your wisdom why you can say things like you are drenched in grace!!!

  6. It is in the moments of leisure, those quiet happy moments, that the best memories are made.

  7. It reminds me of a silent retreat that I have been thinking of taking. I think I would understand these words in more deeply after the retreat! (The pictures are gorgeous!)

  8. I am going to have to write that quote down! It gives a very clear picture of why no one is refreshed after their vacations!

  9. I’ve been reading your blog for a while; first time commenting.
    Thank you for that quote. I’ll be chewing on those words for a while.
    I love the connection between leisure and silence.
    The pictures are wonderful, especially the one of Tulip still holding on to the evergreen branch on the way home!

  10. I agree with Beth Starr!

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