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Entertainment Finding The Balance!

By Rusty @russellpurkiss

“Exactly when people are in turmoil is the time that the entertainment business has always been at its best. Because people don’t want to be reminded every day that they are under siege, or that they’re not having a great time of life”. –Lionel Richie

Isn’t it great to have entertainment, a way to get away from it all and to have some fun, especially during tough times! After a long hard day of work it is rewarding to be able to sit back and enjoy a movie, read a book, or even go out and join friends for a night of well deserved relaxation.  It would be truly impossible to carry on were there not ways to escape the reality of certain situations to maintain our sanity! It is actually a physical need that keeps us refreshed and re-energized to go back out the next day and to give it our best.

Entertainment Finding The Balance!
But there is also a down side to it as well, as there is to anything in life, if we do not find the proper balance and overdue something.  Anything that you take to an extreme can have an adverse affect on you, and therefore it is important to find a balance in all things like, eating, sleeping, working exercising, sex etc..  They are all necessary and important, but when abused or taken to one extreme or the other they can do more harm than good.

As humans we are led largely by our emotions, some more than others, but it is a fact that we tend to believe that whatever feels good must be good and what ever does not feel good is bad.  It had been a long time since I had gotten my needed exercise and so I  made the decision to sign up at the local gym.  This gym has a wonderful trainer who makes himself available to all the members and helps you learn how to achieve the goals that you have set for yourself.  Well, day one, after not having done much of any exercise for quite some time, by the day’s end I was not feeling so good! So therefore it must be bad? Not at all, it is good for me, but boy I am having to stretch myself to do what I would really rather not do in order to get where I want to be. I thought to myself, “how silly, I am paying this guy to kill me!”

With the multitude of avenues for entertainment and the thought that what feels good must be good, much of humanity are overly addicted to being entertained.  If something is “boring” then they don’t want to do it.  So they seek the easy route in order to get it done faster so as to get to what they like doing rather than plodding along doing what is really needed. Water always seeks the lowest level and flows down hill, and so do we when we are not challenged with doing otherwise.  We tend to do the same, whatever is easiest, I’ll just flow on down hill and hope for the best.

Entertainment is a wonderful thing and very needed, but it needs to be kept in perspective.  Even tough mundane duties can be “fun” if we change the way that we look at them.  If you know that something is going to eventually make your life better by sticking with it, such as my new exercise torture example above, then you can have a whole new outlook on it and even begin enjoying it.  It would be nice if you can get your emotions to desire something that you don’t particularly enjoy, because emotions can be really deceiving!

Have you found ways to have fun doing the boring things in life?  Do you have any tips to share?  Thanks!

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