Whether you are working on a hockey stick curve or bending a railroad, keep it up.  The world needs people like you.  When times get tough, and I’m sure they will, remember what makes you happy.  Often times, it’s not what you do but how you view it.  Parents often view child care more as work during the week and more as leisure during the weekends.  One of my favorite expressions fits in well here- Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% attitude. 

Remember accomplishing that first goal on this long journey?  That great destination you reached?  Or how about meeting that special someone for the first time?  Life can give you twists and turns, but act creactively- every input can expand your possibilities and opportunities.  If life hurts from a lack of fulfillment, I say take some time out of your day to let your mind wander.  Turn your phone off and avoid exterior impulses and focus on your inner self.  Set an alarm for 30 minutes that only rings once.  This way, it can let you know when you have reached the time but shutting it off will not require you to move.  Also, keep your eyes off of the clock.  The clock was invented during the industrial revolution; our brain architecture developed much earlier than that. 

During this time, let your mind wander.  Do not set an objective to fulfill.  Your brain will go to the problems it needs to figure out.  I try to cut out a 30 minute life reflection time every day or two 15 minute reflection periods on busy days.  Try beginning with these questions or similar ones to the same effect.

What is the source of your happiness?

What dampens your passion?

What are you not getting enough of?

If your leisure time is filled with time-wasters, find a more fulfilling activity.  Recreational activities, in my view, are the most empowering activities.  You alone decide what you do in your leisure time.  You decide what you want to re-create yourself into.  Recreational activities are the most responsible agent for changing culture.  They expose you to new ideas and can promote a healthier lifestyle.  I urge you to re-create yourself into a stronger and better person through healthy and positive recreation.  Below are several recreation theories I have learned about within the last year and a few sources I enjoyed to develop my understanding of preventing burn-out.  More sources will come as my professors and a few industry leaders respond to me with their thoughts.

Competence theory- we play to test our skills and talents.  We indulge in activities to develop these skills and talents.

Optimal Arousal- we recreate based on apparent cultural influences, hidden influences and situational influences.  A guy named Isohola thought this one up.

Surplus energy theory- people play because they have extra energy after work.  This can be coined the slave-driver theory; according to this theory, if work is demanding enough, you do not need to recreate.  This theory was very popular at the beginning of the industrial revolution but is less popular now.

Catharsis theory- people play to de-stress, vent or purge. Zoning out in front of the TV isn’t considered play but is an effective way to de-stress after work.

Compensation theory- people recreate to fulfill desires left unfulfilled from work.

Spillover theory- If you do what you love, your recreation and play is more of the same.  For example, my work is creating youth-serving recreational programs.  In my leisure time, I am an assistant scoutmaster for a Boy Scout troop, operating and maintaining youth programs. 

What recreational theories describe your style?

Do they fulfill you?

These 6 theories are the major ones in the recreation industry.  Like any good theory, they are not all-inclusive.  If you have any thoughts about these theories, I would love to talk about them.  Here are a few books that might be interesting reads for you.  This past year has opened my eyes to not only how to live, but how to live well.

Constraints to leisure by Michael Wade

Psychology of Leisure by John Neulinger

Learned Optimism Martin Seligman

Creative Visualization: Use the power of your imagination to create what you want in your life by Shakti Gawain

The Moral Equivalent of War by William James

Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

Finding Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Recreational professionals ask the same ultimate question that many of the great philosophers have asked; “What is the good life?”

My contact information is on the top and bottom of the page.  Please give me a call, text, email or skype me at BuskeRhymes.  I would love to hear from you.


The Beginning


Never would I have thought that I would end up in Macomb.  The smallish type of town that seems boring at first glance has presented me the most exciting opportunity of my life.  I am in the process of starting a non-profit organization.  The feeling of creation enlivens me.  The feeling of creating an organization around helping others excites me so much, that I have found myself getting up at 5 or 6 am just to work.  Those few extra hours before people start updating statuses, sending tweets and emails gives me the time to explore new relevent websites and pursue uninterupted progress that I otherwise wouldn't have accomplished. 
Yesterday I dropped off the paperwork to a pre-law student who is helping me on this endeavor.  I also promoted the heck out of the new song Kevin and I released on Sunday.  "Dreams of Freedom," my first audio work ever created seemed to go over well.  Of course there was critical remarks, but my career is only going up from here.  Soon, Beat Poetree will no longer have to worry about a loud cat in heat affecting our sound.  Soon, we will have a much better location and equipment to work with but those details will be released in due time.
Yesterday I also met with Dawn from "Free Range Yoga" on the Square.  Summer "Soul"stice is in creation stage.  I get so excited about creating events that people enjoy themselves.  That is what life is about:  good friends getting together, enjoying the company of their neighbors and utilizing this time to help each other.  During this event, we will advocate wellness, promote downtown development and raise money for the 4 Peace 501(c)3 application fee.  I hope to gain a good portion of the 750 dollars needed at this event.  We shall see but if I plan it out right and work hard enough, anything is possible.

    The beginning

    Starting a non-profit is challenging.  Here are my thoughts on the process