Doris Kearns Goodwin on Work, Love, Play, and a Bit of Memoir

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin combines her knowledge of American presidents with Eric Erickson’s observation that we need to balance three needs–love, work, and play–in order to be fulfilled people.

She describes Lincoln’s love of the theater and storytelling and contrasts his ability to play with Lyndon Johnson’s fixation on work. She herself has mastered the art of telling stories. If you listen to her all the way to the end, you will discover a treat. Her tribute to her father and to baseball is a mini-memoir masterpiece.

How do you combine love, play, and work in your life? Is play the hardest one for you, too?

About Shirley Hershey Showalter

Author of memoir Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. Blogging about Magical Memoir Moments and Jubilación -- vocation in the second half of life.
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2 Responses to Doris Kearns Goodwin on Work, Love, Play, and a Bit of Memoir

  1. GutsyWriter says:

    Shirley, I have not yet watched the video and shall when I get home tonight. I find the balance quite difficult, especially after all the social media aspiring authors are expected to put in these days. Fortunately my daily workouts at the gym, keep me sane. Are you keeping the three in balance?

    • shirleyhs says:

      It’s hard, isn’t it? Even without a M-F 9-5 office schedule, I tend to spend more time on “work” than on love and play. My work is now reading, writing, social media, speaking and consulting. It’s also evolving, since I have the luxury (or curse?) of having pretty wide open options and many interests. Thanks for asking the question.

      Having a new grandson certainly floods the love department, and I’m off to the gym in a few minutes also! Work, play, and love have been intertwined for me most of my life. There’s a shadow side to that arrangement, but it’s very fulfilling when all three are supporting each other.

      Maybe I’ll try to write about this subject. It seemingly hit a nerve with FB friends–even the ones who are retired. Hmmmm.

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