The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he’s always doing both.

James A. Michener

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  • Rachel Olsen

    Love this quote. It reflects my philsophy and theology. Happy New Year, Michael.

    • Jim Martin

      Rachel, isn’t that a great quote?  I love what he says about pursuing his vision of excellence at whatever he does.

      • Rachel Olsen

        Yes, Jim, reminds me of Ecc. 9:10 and Col. 3:23.

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    One of my favorite quotes. An inspiration to live each moment fully, with passion and purpose, regardless of your role or task.

    • http://michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

      Me, too!

  • Frank Buck

    This is my favorite quote, and one I have on the sidebar of my blog. I have seen this quote attributed to L. P. Jacks, a Unitarian minister. See this link, for example: http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/08/27/master/

  • Anonymous

    This is such a great quote.

  • http://joeandancy.com/ Joe Abraham

    Great thought! 

  • http://uma-maheswaran.blogspot.com/ Uma Maheswaran S

    Yup! This happens when  passion meets our  purpose in our life. Then, the distinction between work and play gets blurred.

  • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

    This is one of my favorite quotes. I long to live my life in a similar fashion.

  • http://tcavey.blogspot.com/ TCAvey

    WOW, very good quote!  Thanks. 

  • http://avajae.blogspot.com Ava Jae

    Lovely quote. You know you’re on the right track when work and play feel like the same thing. 

  • http://bentheredothat.com Ben Patterson

    Tremendous! In junior high ministry the lines of what’s work and what’s play are certainly blurred for me.