In the U.S., we call it vacation. But the root meaning is ‘to
vacate’, and I far prefer the term our friends overseas use for a time
off and away…..a holiday.

Leisure has had a bad press.

So says the introduction of one book I packed, Leisure, the Basis of Culture
by Josef Pieper. Time to re-read it, so it went in the bag with three
others. This is the only one cracked open so far, and this the only
internet access in four days. Both a holiday and a vacation, it turns
out.

About leisure…

We mistake leisure for idleness, and work for
creativity. Of course, work may be creative, but only when informed by
leisure. Work is the means of life; leisure the end. Without the end,
work is meaningless – a means to a means to a means…and so on forever,
like Wall Street or Capitol Hill. Leisure is not the cessation of work,
but work of another kind, work restored to its human meaning, as a
celebration and a festival.

We need to be reminded of this. I’m working on it. Pieper is a good aide.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....