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Essay Leisure Uses Abuses

What is this life if full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. W. H. Davies has rightly said that if we do not have leisure to do things we want to then life be boring, monotonous and dull. Leisure means a time in which person does not do his regular work. Since leisure is a free time of a person to use as he wishes, it can be used is a right way or wrong way. It could be used or abused depending upon the way it is utilized. Most people use their leisure time for useful purpose. Housewives, for example, use their leisure time in making their delicacies or sweets or sewing, or reading; children normally spend their leisure time reading or doing some useful craft articles or experimenting some scientific experiment or playing healthy outdoor games like cricket, foot ball, etc. or indoor games like chess, carom, etc. Men generally use their leisure time reading newspapers and doing odd repair jobs in their houses. One’s leisure time can be used for different useful things such as drawing, music, watching meaningful T.V. programmed. Reading and viewing T.V. increases knowledge and brings one up-to-date with what is happening around. Drawing, painting, walking brings one in close contact with nature. Work pursued during one’s leisure time develops the personality of an individual and provides rest, relaxation and pleasure. Leisure can be as dangerous as poison if wrongly used. It is very appropriately said that an ‘Idle mind is a Devil’s workshop’. If one has leisure time and does not know how to use it then it could be very harmful. It could be used for consumption of harmful substances such as drugs, liquor, smoking, etc. Some people use their leisure time planning robberies or gambling. This is not only harmful to the person concerned but harmful to the society as well. Sometimes young people use their leisure time visiting discotheques – this may lead to other harmful habits. Some people use their leisure time to sit with their neighbors or friends and gossip. Yet a few of them just while away their time doing nothing and get bored. Leisure is a double edged sword which has to be handled carefully. If handled with care, it proves to be a good servant, if not it becomes an evil master. So ultimately, it depends on the utilize, whether the person uses leisure’s for advantage or disadvantage.

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The Uses of Leisure



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It is a common experience that if we work very hard and continuously at a thing we feel tired. Our minds begin to wander and we feel unable to fix our attention on the work. Psychologists say that fatigue is due to some of the brain matter being wasted while at hard work and, that, in order to allow the matter to be replaced, rest is necessary. It is only after rest that we feel as fresh as before. We thus see that leisure is quite essential for our system after hard work of any kind. This does not mean that we should absolutely cease to do any work even if this be possible, because work is as necessary as rest. Rest can often be had also as change in occupations.


Perhaps we have a hobby and we may be interested in stamp collecting. We may, then after a hard day’s work, collect stamps, affixes them neatly in sheets with decorated borders. This is not only a leasing occupations but also useful.


Suppose we have been working hard at mathematics from 10 O’clock in the morning till 4 O’clock in the evening, then we long for rest. We need not sit idle. We can sing a few of our favorite songs and enjoy the tunes.


It is possible for us to attend to our gardens during our leaser hours. We may trim a plant or prune a creep or dig the ground. We may watch the glory of the buds blossoming into flowers and watering the flower plants is not only pleasant diversion but also a very useful form of physical exercise. We can also watch the birds around.


If we are in the country, we may shut our books, take a walk into the open and mingle freely with farmers and other rural folk. We may study their outlook and ideas, their needs and aspirations. We may probably tell them a thing or two from our knowledge of modern times and of the modern world which they might not have known. We may try to teach the elements of hygiene and first-aid or if they have their own methods. We can also collect the tales most popular among them and thus specialized in the in folk-lore. It is a fascinating study which will reflect the various phase of the life of those spending most of their time in their native surroundings.


Others so inclined may try their hand at drawing or painting. Painting flower or creepers or birds in their natural setting is something of an achievement and may give us very great pleasure indeed. Those who have leisure may collect beautiful pictures and make them into neat albums.


Perhaps the most useful way of spending one’s leisure is to do some kind of social service especially to the backward sects of society. We may informally hold classes for illiterate adults, narrate interesting stories, teach them to read and write, tell them how to safeguard themselves against infectious deceases, teach them the benefit of thrift by encouraging them to deposit their meager savings in a savings bank or invest them in nations savings certificates and do a hundred other similar things besides. We may teach me the rudiments of civics, educate them about their rights as voters in our newly-won democracy and as to their duties in safeguarding it. We may exhort them to give their wholehearted cooperation in the community projects and other developments.





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