Just a small story I had learnt a few years ago. They say that Saint John the Apostle liked to play with his pet sparrow from time to time. One day a hunter came to visit him and was surprised to see such a famous man playing. He surely could and should be making better use of his time. So he asked him, “Why do you waste your time playing? Why devote so much attention to something as useless as a sparrow?” Saint John looked at him in surprise and asked: “Why is the string on your bow not tight?” “Oh, you can’t keep it tight all the time,” the hunter explained, “otherwise it loses its tension and becomes useless for shooting arrows.” So Saint John told him in return: “My friend, just as you always release the tension on your bowstring, so you must release the tension inside of you and relax. If I don’t relax and just play, I have no strength for any great undertaking. I don’t even have the strength to do what I have to and what is necessary.”
The recess break which gets us out of the classroom or office is a very necessary part of work and education. We will need it later on in life if we want to do a good job for a long time…
I’ll write some more stuff on Biblical relaxation in the next post. Thanks for reading.
- Patmos, Island of the Apocalypse (greece.greekreporter.com)