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9781885171542

Life Is Not Work, Work Is Not Life Simple Reminders for Finding Balance in a 24-7 World

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  • ISBN13:

    9781885171542

  • ISBN10:

    1885171544

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-04-09
  • Publisher: Wildcat Canyon Press

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This book of bite-sized mini-essays quiets the frenzy that seems to have all of us working longer and enjoying life less. It reminds us that in order to support our strong work ethic -- not to mention our performance -- we need to refresh ourselves. this is the perfect book for those who work hard, yet are looking to find a balance between work and the rest of life. Book jacket.

Author Biography

J. Walker Smith has been a noted observer of social trends for a decade at Yankelovich Partners Inc. He is co-author of Rocking the Ages: The Yankelovich Report on Generational Marketing. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Robert K. Johnston is Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He lives in Pasadena, California.

Table of Contents

A Word from Rob ix
A Word from Walker xiv
BALANCE
A Renaissance Life
1(1)
Work and Eggs
2(1)
A Breath of Everything
3(1)
Work, Tennis, and Family
4(1)
Sleep In
5(1)
Constant Motion
6(1)
The Toll of Kindness
7(1)
Giving Until It Feels Good
8(1)
Stealing from Ourselves
9(2)
Striking a Chord
11(1)
The Seventh Day
12(1)
Join the Dance
13(1)
A 29.8-Hour Day
14(2)
Step Off the Gas
16(2)
Too Much of a Good Thing
18(2)
TIME
Always on the Clock
20(1)
Nature Abhors a Vacuum
21(2)
The Riches of Time
23(2)
Time-Saving Gadgets
25(1)
To Do Nothing
26(1)
WORK
Saving My Bumper
27(3)
Keeping Up
30(1)
A Larger Calling
31(1)
The End of the Road
32(2)
In the Black, and Blue
34(1)
The Longest Short Kiss
35(1)
What's an 8-Hour Day?
36(1)
In Plain View
37(2)
Coming Back to Life
39(1)
LIVING
Discovering the Dance
40(1)
Simple Satisfactions
41(1)
A Reverent Rhythm
42(1)
My Front Porch
43(2)
A Family Awakening
45(1)
Double Duty
46(1)
Putting Down Stakes
47(2)
The Sincerest Form of Flattery
49(1)
Stepping Over People
50(1)
Risking Life
51(2)
Re-Told Tales
53(2)
The Best Medicine
55(1)
Damn Lies & Statistics
56(3)
To Thine Own Self Be True
59(3)
PLAY
Observe Your Play
62(1)
A Good Game Spoiled
63(1)
Fun If I Have To
64(2)
The Art of the Frivolous
66(1)
Posted: No Trespassing
67(2)
The Cleansing Power of Vacations
69(3)
To Play, To Live
72(1)
Turn Off Your Cell Phone
73(1)
SPIRITUALITY
Spirituality in the Mainstream
74(2)
Remember Your Calling
76(1)
Something Beyond
77(1)
Body and Soul
78(1)
A Leap of Faith
79(2)
The Gift of Grace
81(1)
WHOLENESS
More Than a Temporary Escape
82(1)
Wiping Off the Game Face
83(2)
Why Miss a Nice Day?
85(2)
Space for Life
87(1)
After Midnight
88(3)
Seeking the Stillness
91(2)
EMPOWERMENT
Doing One Thing
93(1)
An End to Forgetting
94(2)
Romanticizing the Past
96(2)
Time Better Spent
98(1)
Searching for Simplicity
99(2)
Bonus Years
101(1)
STRENGTH
Life Is Too Important
102(1)
Looking a Hero in The Face
103(1)
The Gift of Discipline
104(2)
JOY
Dancing Over Decorum
106(1)
A Time to Laugh
107(1)
Made By Hand
108(2)
Lingering with Good Friends
110(2)
Purposeful Play
112(1)
STRESS
Free to Play
113(3)
Chronic Stress
116(1)
Public Health Enemy Number One
117(3)
MATERIALISM
Relative Wealth
120(1)
Priorities Not Prudence
121(1)
A Richer Currency of Life
122(3)
Lots of Less
125(1)
The Whole Person
126(2)
I Shop Therefore I Am
128(2)
The Obligations of Ownership
130(1)
A New Hope
131(3)
Losing to Win
134(1)
Two Classes
135(2)
The New American Dream
137(2)
REPOSE
The Pursuit of Happiness
139(1)
A Quiet Intersection
140(2)
Time Alone
142(2)
Forty Winks
144(2)
Let's Do Lunch
146(2)
WONDER
A New Perspective
148(1)
In Harmony with the Whole
149(2)
The View From Nankoweap
151(2)
NURTURE
Every Little Bit Counts
153(1)
Coming Home
154(2)
A Richly Textured Life
156(2)
Unrehearsed
158(1)
Wake Up!
159(1)
HAPPINESS
Chasing Happiness
160(2)
The Price of Perfection
162(1)
Famously Obscure
163(2)
Good Works
165(2)
Planting Gardenias by the Dozens
167(2)
The Family Taste Test
169(2)
AUTHENTICITY
A Summer Lesson
171(2)
Doing What We Say
173(1)
Bringing Work Home
174(2)
Built on Rock
176(3)
Changing to Stay the Same
179(3)
Doing Something with Ourselves
182(1)
INTEGRITY
All Over with the Shouting
183(2)
Grounded
185(1)
Cheating Ourselves
186(2)
Funny Business
188(3)
COMMUNITY
A Worldwide Whistle-Stop
191(1)
Only One Thing
192(1)
The Main Course
193(2)
Safety in Numbers
195(3)
Engaged in Sports
198(1)
Time for Friends
199(2)
Keeping Connected
201(2)
A Deeper Dialogue
203(2)
Hands-On Healing
205(2)
The Give-Away
207(1)
FULFILLMENT
A Third Choice
208(2)
The Power of Imagination
210(2)
A Question of Belief
212(2)
The Times of My Life
214(3)
Sunsets
217(1)
Prepared for Prayer
218(1)
Reverence for Life
219(2)
Bibliography 221(9)
Acknowledgments 230(4)
About the Authors 234(2)
About the Press 236

Excerpts


Chapter One

A RENAISSANCE LIFE

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment. Go some distance away because a lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen.--Leonardo da Vinci

Such wise advice this is--from Leonardo da Vinci no less, the prodigious polymath of the Italian Renaissance. Painter, sculptor, engineer, astronomer, anatomist, biologist, geologist, physicist, architect, philosopher, humanist. His legacy of work inspires us yet today. Did he ever rest? Well, he certainly believed that balance, too, is a supreme accomplishment, if not the most sublime. This archetypal Renaissance man believed that work suffers, indeed, is inharmonious and out of all proportion, if not tempered by some distance and relaxation. The genius of da Vinci's counsel is not simply that work should be paralleled by life, but rather that without a life, work itself is compromised.

Excerpted from LIFE IS NOT WORK, WORK IS NOT LIFE by Robert K. Johnston and J. Walker Smith. Copyright © 2001 by Robert K. Johnston and J. Walker Smith. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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