“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato
When was the last time you let your hair down and played with abandon? When was the last time you tapped into your inner child and invited him/her out to play? When was the last time your childlike spirit made you sing out loud in a supermarket or do a jig on the dining table? When I meet creative people, especially prolific/successful creatives, they often possess a childlike sense of humor; an appreciation of the ridiculous. They approach their craft with a freedom that opens the door to originality and fun. That is something that the rest of us could benefit from practicing; especially in a world that pretends it condones free flowing, out-of-the-box thinking…
“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” Kahlil Gibran
There was a time in our lives when we played freely, enjoyed ourselves with ease, didn’t worry about propriety or what the neighbors would say. As we got older, many of us clammed up, forgot or blocked out playfulness, got caught up in keeping up with the Joneses, and imitating the Smiths that we let go of that spontaneity that made life as a child fun, fun, fun. As kids, we played like no one was watching and had a ton of fun doing the silliest things. Some of us kept that spirit of childhood play and channeled it into successful, happy adult lives. Most of us got so serious, we almost need permission to enjoy a good laugh. Lighten up! Where did our playful spirit go? More below… 😉
“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.” John Muir
My first year in college, I was hanging out with some friends in my dorm common area/room. It was a fairly large sitting area divided into four sections with cozy armchairs, coffee tables and a large screen TV. We would sometimes hang out there to chat and have a good time. One day, a few friends who were on the Orchestra/Band and Campus Chorus stopped by. We started singing songs, and soon we were dancing happily around the room. In a moment of youthful exuberance, I climbed on one of the coffee tables and danced away; moving gaily like a ballerina in flight.
My friends applauded just as a security guard walked in barking at us to stop, and then yelled at us to “stop being childish and acting like children!” That comment struck me as odd. How could fun, joyful play only be seen in that light? We told him to lighten up. Let’s do same for ourselves and for once or even more times, let’s play like no one is watching. We are free! What about you? What do you think? What are your thoughts? When was the last time you played freely? What does playfulness mean to you? Do you play like no one is watching? Do share! Thank you. 🙂
This post was inspired by a prompt from Daily OM: Shake Your Tail Feathers Like No One Is Watching
Positive Motivation Tip: Let your hair down and tap into your playful side… a moment of joy = a lifetime of memories.
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