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S. A. J. Lyttek, a multiple award-winning writer, always loved writing, but didn’t arrive at the profession in the typical manner. After college and graduate school, she plunged into government consulting. In this environment, she discovered a knack for writing tests, interviews and other measurements. That soon became the focus of her career—reigniting her love for the written word. Thus captivated, she spent evenings freelancing “fun” writing including short stories, poems, articles and cards. When her eldest was a toddler, she quit full-time work to stay home and write. Eager to spend more time with her children, homeschooling intrigued her. From preschool through high school, she homeschooled both sons while continuing to freelance. An integral part of the homeschooling community, she has developed and taught writing classes to a generation of homeschoolers. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Gary, Mrs. Lyttek loves to share her commitment to homeschoolers and her fascination with the written word.



True Leisure

10/16/2019 3:04:00 PM BY Susan Lyttek

Last week, I had thought I was going to write about this, but got pre-empted by a nudge from elsewhere. But it is only fair and fitting because I have a lot more to write about this week.

With so much TV, video, games, and visual and auditory distractions of every sort, it might seem odd that I choose to write about leisure. The United States is amazing at two things—working insane hours and wasting insane amounts of time. Neither of which is technically leisure.

Wait a minute! Isn’t time wasting leisure?

Not really.

The problem with a lot of the ways we waste time these days, such as the distractions listed above, is that they tend to excite rather than calm. I’ve read stuff about the blue light and the sensory stimulation, but I’m not a scientist so I don’t understand it all. What I do know is how the electrons affect me personally. If I spend too much on my devices before bed, I might fall asleep okay, but I’ll wake up too early. Games on my device, for instance, can make me hyper to win. Or spun up and a wee bit depressed if I keep losing.

Anyway… I got a bit distracted.

My point is that leisure, in its truest sense, will cause you to feel more at peace and calm. Chosen leisure activities are Sabbath moments that restore the soul.

I’ve had a lot of them lately. Starting with apple picking a week ago, then going to a play and Mt. Vernon with Gary.

But this morning, I really spoiled myself. I stayed in my pjs and made banana-hazelnut muffins, Tuscan potato-sausage soup, and started fruit rolls in the dehydrator. Ah bliss!

Cooking for me is relaxation therapy. For others, my morning might sound stressful or even impossible. But if I can play in the kitchen (that means making stuff that doesn’t have a time deadline), I have fun. I like to experiment and see what happens. I can breathe deeper and the stress falls away from my shoulders.

What is leisure for you might involve traditional relaxation. I have also been known to savor a book or a bath (often at the same time!) But it might look like work to someone else. The trick is to live in the moment as God would have you—then what is leisure as opposed to distraction is clear.

Go and do something that nourishes your soul… Today!