It’s Friday as I write this, the end of a busy and productive week. I’ve taken full responsibility for my work all week. Now part of me just wants to kick back and be entertained, to let the weekend play like a blockbuster movie before my eyes.
Wait, something seems amiss here? I took full responsibility for my work all week, but now don’t want to take full responsibility for a weekend of spectacular and fascinating fun. Hmmm? This is a little odd!
According to my dictionary, one of the definitions of entertain is to “receive.” It’s easy to consider having fun to be synonymous with being entertained, having entertainment done in front of us while we passively receive it. This may come from the idea that relaxation and fun are created when we do nothing.
From this perspective, we make the entertainment responsible for whether or not we have fun. A good movie allows us to receive fun, while a terrible movie prevents us from receiving fun.
Relaxation and fun can be more substantial when we actively choose to take a portion of responsibility for our relaxation and fun. From this perspective, we want the movie to be good and entertaining, and at the same time, as we watch it we can take responsibility for finding the good and entertainment in it.
Consider developing a relationship of mutual responsibility with your entertainment and if you find that you aren’t able through this relationship to find interest and fun in the entertainment, do something else that you find fun.
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What does taking responsibility for having fun mean in your life?
Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska. He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset. For more information on Jason’s powerful message, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.