“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.”

A week in paradise

I was reminded of this James A. Michener quote titled, “Freedom” on the last day of my vacation. On our last night on Oahu, while dozens of family members gathered for dinner celebrating my nephew’s wedding, a theme emerged in conversation.  After a week of hiking, surfing, golfing, snorkeling, sightseeing, and celebrating everyone was commenting on how disappointed they were that our week in paradise was coming to an end.  All but two of us…  My brother-in-law’s brother and I both stated that for as much fun as we had we were both looking forward to getting back home and back to work.  Coincidentally, we are both high school football coaches. He coaches at Georgia powerhouse Milton High School.

With memories that will last a lifetime, we both turn our focus to summer athletic performance training and 7v7 practices pursuing our vision of excellence.  Although neither of us would cling to “master in the art of living” (as we both understand just how much more there is to learn personally and professionally), Our work is our play.  Our labor is our leisure.  According to Michener, we have both found “Freedom.”

Coach Rich Alercio is available to discuss coaching philosophy, X’s & O’s, or teach his O-Line “techniques in the trenches.” Contact Coach at and share with your colleagues and friends. Thanks for supporting this blog and joining our conversations, and as always, thanks for your time! 

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