Sunday, February 01, 2009

Rest breeds rust

The balance between work and play is a difficult one to get right. Shakespeare observed: "If all the year were holidays to play would be as tedious as to work."

Most people work because they need to earn money and are usually tempted by extra income to work longer hours. Knowing when to stop and put family and friends first is a difficult judgement to make but if you take too much time off then your work will suffer.

This saying implies that if you overdo rest and relaxation you will find it more difficult to make a success of whatever tasks you have. Working long hours might reduce your effectiveness but it is likewise with too much laziness.

A well-oiled, regularly run machine can last longer than one left lying idle.

Ol' Jim (Magic in Them Feet)

1 comment:

  1. I thought you may like to know that the phrase "Rest is Rust" was coined by Elbert Hubbard--leader of the Arts and Crafts Movement in America. Hubbard's full statement goes: "The mintage of wisdom is to know that Rest is rust, and that real life is Love, Laughter, and Work"
    Power up with Proverbs is an excellent idea.