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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Can You Escape?

Is it bad to want to escape? To check out from time to time? To shut down the ol' think machine?


For the love of God…No! 

It is not a bad thing to escape. It is not cowardly. It is not failure. It is the re-compositioning of an individual in order that they may return with courage and boldness to a world that can so often be unrelenting and unforgiving.

Escaping is wanting to retreat, from what ever it is that life has being throwing at you, in order to recuperate or just plain survive and thus renewing yourself in the process. To escape away from something solely because you wish not to do it is called avoidance. Avoidance will always find you retreating, while escaping will always find you returning. Those who wish to conquer will at times need to escape, however those who continually avoid will fail to acquire.

Do not allow escapism to turn into avoidance. 

 If you need renewal than quit avoiding escaping. Set aside time during each day to purposefully and intentionally shut down. Escape into another world and renew your mind. Whether you set a timer on how long you'll read or you set a limit of watching two episodes of your favourite Netflix series, know that this is your time to reboot. When your done be grateful for the break and go forth into the world and continue being intentional.



"I have claimed that Escape is one of the main functions of fairy-stories, and since I do not disapprove of them, it is plain that I do not accept the tone of scorn or pity with which “Escape”is now so often used: a tone for which the uses of the word outside literary criticism give no warrant at all. In what the misusers are fond of calling Real Life, Escape is evidently as a rule very practical, and may even be heroic. In real life it is difficult to blame it, unless it fails; in criticism it would seem to be the worse the better it succeeds. Evidently we are faced by a misuse  of words, and also by a confusion of thought. Why should a man be scorned if, finding himself in prison, he tries to get out and go home? Or if, when he cannot do so, he thinks and talks about other topics than jailers and prison-walls? The world outside has not become less real because the prisoner cannot see it. In using escape in this way the critics have chosen the wrong word,and, what is more, they are confusing, not always by sincere error, the Escape of the Prisoner with the Flight of the Deserter." - J.R.R.Tolkien