Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Going Out To Play


This last weekend I was fortunate enough to visit the Great White North of the Yukon with eight great individuals and have fun in the snow. Yes, like a child, nine grown adults enjoyed the great outdoors and and had the opportunity to 'play'.

'Play' - the perfect description of our experience.

When I got home, I thought of just that - we got to 'play' - and then reflected on the importance of play. I thought, how often do you ask an adult "what do you plan on doing today?" and get the response "Play"? Unlike the answer you would receive from most children...and maybe that is why our world is broken.

What would your life look like if there was more playing?
What would your experience of work be like if you had more fun doing your job...no matter what job you do?
What would your relationship be like with more spontaneity, laughter, and festivity?

Because as adults, we generally stop playing once we assume the responsibilities of life - the children, the bills, the mortgages, the businesses, etc. And we become nothing more than deterioted children.

Why?

It doesn't have to be this way. Playing does not necessarily require money. Find the time to be a little silly and reckless. Be innovative at work and imaginative at home. Go out for dinner and drinks to enjoy some laughs with friends. Get back to that sense of wonder you knew when life was all about riding your bike, throwing the baseball around...and enjoying every second of this journey called living.

And the next time someone looks at you and asks you what you plan on doing today...I invite you to confidently give the one reply that matters:

"I am going out to play!"

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