The Art of Entertainment
“When do you ever let your hair down and have fun?” That’s a question I rather hate to hear asked of some of those people in my social circle whose idea of fun is clearly different to that of most other people. And I guess by merely pointing it out I’m also bringing to light the very issue that fun is subjective – what constitutes a good time to you and I, by way of maybe going to a bar to drink and dance the night away, may not necessarily go down as anything close to fun in the book of the precociously gifted writer whose advanced imagination suffers under the influence of any substances…
The true essence of the art of entertainment doesn’t reside in WHAT you do in the name of entertaining yourself or entertaining some guests you might be hosting. Rather, it resides in how you feel as a result of what you do. That’s why it indicatively makes for a deeply rewarding and entertaining experience for your kids to have you read them the same bed-time story you’ve read a thousand times and have long since been annoyed by.
The enjoyment lies in the act of you reading them the bed-time story and not in what the story is!
Take this thinking with you going forward and you will have gotten more than halfway on your quest to truly master the art of entertainment.
The Pursuit of Happiness
What is happiness? Happiness is a feeling, right? And is it something you can induce at will?
You pretty much can, most of the time (not always), but there’s a certain point up to which your happiness does indeed lie in your own hands. There’s a certain point up to which being happy is merely a decision you make, but of course that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any physical manifestations of some actions you’d have take in order to lead up to that point.
You might feel particularly great if you go out to enjoy some activities with friends, family or even complete strangers, for example, or maybe hosting guests in your own space is more up your alley. The important thing is to isolate and harvest the source of your happiness – to isolate and harvest exactly what it is which entertains you.
Handy hint: For a source of entertainment to really pass off as a true source it has to be limitless in the entertainment it gives you. In other words, if at some point it gets boring, tiring or is just downright bad for your health in some or other way, it’s not a real source of entertainment and you have to try and dig a little deeper.
Resolving to strike a work-life balance by joining some colleagues for some specific activities outside the working environment is a great example of how you could be leading yourself down the path to chasing quasi-entertainment sources and sources of happiness because in that kind of setting pretty much anything will do as an alternative to your toil.
That said it doesn’t hurt to try things at least once or twice, like perhaps taking up a hobby with which you might go on to learn enriches your life, or just making yourself available to try out some of the activities which are enjoyed by other people in your life.