Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Play On...

“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things...
I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.”
                                                                                               Leo Buscaglia*

Recently a friend sent me an article about happiness (thank you, Susann). While the ideas expressed were not new, they were a nice reminder. Not being a saver I read and tossed it. However, I continue to reflect on one aspect of the article: play.

Three years ago I left my chosen profession. Since then I feel I am once again in graduate school as I engage in multiple classes to explore my creativity. All wonderful... All encourage progress and competency. All get me out of my comfort zone. All require hard work, goal setting and responsibility.

OldBoldandBeautiful.Life was birthed in December 2016 and two blogs have been posted each week since January 2017. OldBoldandBeautiful.Life has gotten me into the regular practice of writing which has been great. It also requires hard work, goal setting and responsibility...

Back to play. By definition play is an activity for enjoyment and recreation and does not include hard work, goal setting or responsibility. All this has brought to my awareness that what I want more of in my life is play.

To stimulate my play muscle I've booked a four-day play adventure in New York City. Substantial financial involvement is a piece of this play adventure with which I struggled until I bit the bullet and booked the flight and hotel. My beliefs around money inhibit me from spending it on something frivolous...and a play trip in New York City, in my mind, falls into that arena. But as a friend of mine recently said: “At our age; money is no object.”

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*https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/play.html

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