Time is the greatest possession of a man. Other possessions and articles can be brought, retained and exchanged, but time can neither be purchased nor can be retained and exchanged. Time once lost is lost for ever. The loss of time is irreparable. A man is known by how he uses his leisure. The man who uses his leisure most usefully is the wisest man in the world. When we read the biographies and autobiographies of great man, we come to know as to how the great man utilized their leisure properly.
Leisure in modern life
The modern life is full of rush and business. People have little or no leisure. It is pity that for some people a holiday or casual spare hours can best be spent in long sleep in the day or in idle gossip. Such people have no definite plan or preparation to utilize their leisure. All of us agree that leisure gives relaxation and change. But this is not all. We can do many useful and interesting things without damaging the cause of relaxation. We should not allow the hours of leisure to pass fruitlessly and aimlessly.
Various ways of using leisure
There are various ways of utilizing leisure. Which way is superior to the other depends upon individual’s taste and nature. No particular way can be prescribed for all. Some persons are light- minded, while others are serious by nature. Some like indulgence in frolics, while others require for academic pursuits. Some like manual labour while others love intellectual exercise. Some are fond of outdoor life while others prefer to sit on chair and just play cards, chess or other indoor games. One thing in this connection is to noted and remembered. Our way of using leisure should be constructive as far as possible. The man who passes his leisure in reading good books is definitely superior to the man who indulges in drinking liquor to pass his unoccupied hours. We should have a definite plan and scheme at hand to pass regular leisure. Every civilized man in the society have some hours in the morning and in the evening when he is not occupied. These hours, should be utilized according to a pre-plan. Besides, we sometimes come to have unexpected leisure. For this casual leisure, we should also frame a programme to avoid lethargy and inaction.
Reading and gardening
In my opinion the best ways of utilizing leisure are reading and gardening, Reading will benefit out intellect and gardening will give satisfaction to our physical urge The importance of books cannot be over-emphasized. Books give us pleasure, relation, instruction and elevation. They take us away from the filthy and nasty atmosphere of worries and cases of day-to-day life. It depends upon personal likes or dislikes whether we like novel or poetry or history or biography or autobiography for reading. For other form of relaxation, we require the company. Gardening provides exercise for the body. Pandit Nehru, while in prison, passed his leisure in the morning in gardening. There are numerous advantages of gardening.
Happiness and enjoyment are two different things. We can have sources of enjoyment but may not be happy. To be happy in life, we should make a compromise between our hobby and leisure.