What is work and what is play?

(from The Happiness Project. Which I love.)

“But what is work and what is not work? Is it work to dig, to carpenter, to plant trees, to fell trees, to ride, to fish, to hunt, to feed chickens, to play the piano, to take photographs, to build a house, to cook, to sew, to trim hats, to mend motor bicycles? All of these things are work to somebody, and all of them are play to somebody. There are in fact very few activities which cannot be classed either as work or play according as you choose to regard them.”

— George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier


One comment

  1. A stirring answer to the question? Do I know how to play? A sickly child with an incurable, life-long disorder (epilepsy) affecting every single area of life: Physical, emotional, cognitive, relational, and psychological, it was easy to look out the window and see others “playing” and wonder… what could be?

    But, ahhhh, there was music, there were books, there were lessons to learn and homework (it was fun) to do, and flowers to tend, and kitties and puppies to love, and swimming and… come to think of it, she had a lot of fun and could pass on all those lovely things to her own children, who – by the way – learned so many more ways to play and how to work with passion! Can it get much better than that!? (Well, it would be nice to be well 🙂

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