Improving Leisure Time

There is a great deal of speculation going on about what effect labor-saving devices will have on employed workers who are likely to have more and more leisure time on their hands.

Mrs. Eddy says in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 230), "All successful individuals have become such by hard work; by improving moments before they pass into hours, and hours that other people may occupy in the pursuit of pleasure." Then she adds, "They spend no time in sheer idleness, in talking when they have nothing to say, in building air-castles or floating off on the wings of sense: all of which drop human life into the ditch of nonsense, and worse than waste its years."

When one is on the job, his time is usually well occupied. Every moment counts. But when his time is his own, it is a different story, unless he makes leisure serve a useful purpose, such as undertaking projects he has previously had to put off. Or he may set himself to the task of accomplishing something that before seemed impossible. But there is one thing he can do that will greatly enrich his life. He can gain a spiritual understanding of himself. Whatever he learns about himself from this standpoint will be his forever and will enhance every aspect of his human life.

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Activities for the Armed Services
August 8, 1964

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