In trees, between trees, on porches and balconies – any gap that could hold one had one. It was like walking through a natural wildlife preserve and seeing a new tree-dwelling species with fluorescent nylon canopied habitats. My daughter’s college campus was strewn with ENO hammocks. She told us everyone had one, and by the looks of it, she was right.
Recently, my daughter tweeted the picture you see. As an aside, I recommend parents follow their kids on Twitter. Especially follow your college kids, because they tweet about going to class and not going to class – just because they go to college does not make them smart…
So on Twitter this week I see this picture and I am pleased. First, it has a textbook – a forever encouraging sign to a parent. She is also in her ENO which is the second reason I am pleased. Life is too short to not hang, literally, in a hammock. And I hope that after some study she made the absolutely fantastic decision to close her eyes and drift off……because college is also about learning how life is to be enjoyed.
In one shot, two dreams. One dream that she find a professional life that is rewarding, the second that life is fun. As long as those two hang in balance, life will be great.
This weekend is Labor Day Weekend, a holiday meant to hold together these ideas of work and rest. We need both. Work changes the world and gives meaning and satisfaction to life. Rest – or better yet recreation – or even better yet re-creation – allows for the celebration of life, creation, God, and all that is good.
In the Bible, we get a little glimpse of how God would have this all work. Much of our Scriptures are conflict laden, testament to how difficult it is to live a balanced life, but in The Book we are given a glimpse of how God would have it be. In the opening, as a matter of fact, God works. Six days, God goes after it and the results are impressive. Heaven, earth, stars, water, air, sky, clouds, plants, animals, and even us – that’s a week. Actually, though, it isn’t. It’s six days. Then on the seventh, this happens,
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.
Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. – Genesis 2:1-3
The right mix of work and rest, and a guide for us. This weekend I hope you get some things done. I also hope you get some rest. Both are good for God, and us.
As for me, I may go get an ENO this weekend. After all, everyone has one except me, and on Twitter I can tell my daughter has a great idea.
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