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Puddle Jumping in April Showers

(And how it can help us get more done)

Calling all moms everywhere out from the undertow of dirty laundry. Step away from the stove. Calling all business-types everywhere out from the endless tabs on your web browser. Step away from the smart phone. Calling all people everywhere to come out & play. Step away from the TO-DO list. Now I could bore you with the stats & studies on how "play without purpose" improves your health, reduces stress, releases creativity, & increases productivity, but somewhere way down deep, don’t we already know it’s true? Even BIG business knows it. That’s why Google built a giant slide at their headquarters & Zappos included “create fun and a little weirdness” as priority #3 in their company manifesto. Kids get it right instinctively. They play for play’s sake. This is where those of you tasked with taking care of little people have the advantage. You can get in on blanket-forts, finger paints or hide-and-seek any time of the day. For this, I love being part of the auntie brigade because after hanging with my nieces & nephews, I’m utterly convinced I’m a teenager again. April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. William Shakespeare Here’s how elbow-high humanity views this time of year: Spring is April-showers-bring-May- flowers season & a rainy day calls for a party. That is, some wild, exhilarating, rain-soaked memory making. Who has time? (I hear you.) Frivolous & ridiculous? (I agree.) But studies claim that the busier we are the more we need it, and the more frivolous & ridiculous the better. Thus my choice of puddle jumping. (Hey southern hemisphere readers, a pile of leaves makes a fine substitute for a puddle.) When I choose to play in the middle of my work day, it never fails to recharge me & deliver a sucker-punch to my frontal cortex where a word or phrase that was evading me pops up effortlessly. And before long, I’m filled with the creative courage to face the screen once again. Excursions of whimsy & bouts of fun allow us to step back, take a look at the bigger picture, then return to immersion in a task in a more relaxed, enjoyable mindset. A sense of freedom & play infuses our work with energy. And we have fun, which is an end in itself. This powerful dynamic of productivity & ease makes it possible for us to work less while actually accomplishing or earning more. Dare I suggest that “playing for play's sake” might be considered a litmus test for spiritual living?

 

The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.

 E.E. Cummings

 

The opposite of play isn’t work, it’s depression.

Dr. Stuart Brow

 

Creativity is the residue of time “wasted”.

 Albert Einstein

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  When I’m taking my work or myself too seriously,  play is the furthest thing from my mind.

When I swap perspiration for inspiration, playing for play's sake feels like a colossal waste of  “productive” time.

When I carry the weight of the world, I can’t play—after all, there are places to go, people to see & crises to solve.

•  When I’m ungrateful or worried or angry or scared, the last thing I want to do is play.

Here’s how I support the theory:

 "An Amazing Life Story..."

Arnold Palmer

It's easy to be heavy; hard to be light.

G.K. Chesterton

 

 

Who knew the ramifications of “to play or not to play” could run so deep?

 

 

Some people walk in the rain; others just get wet.

Roger Miller

 

 

So, taking a cue from kids (& our furry friends) with their perpetual “now is the best time to play ever” attitude, let’s don our rain gear & get down to business.

 

Hop, sing (to no one and everyone) & get our Gene Kelly on.

 

Laugh. Leap. Or if you absolutely loathe getting your perfectly-styled hair wet, do the next best thing watch someone else do it.

 

Wait! What?

 

Yep, according to brainiacs in the know (aka neuroscientists) even staring at endearing images for 90 seconds a day sharpens focus & reduces error rate. Sure makes the case for watching this puddle-jumper in action.

So c’mon, find a way to fun-i-fy & add a little play to your day.

 

Get soaked. Get happy.

 

And let those rain drops drip from your nose.

When weather permits (no snow, no wind), my play practice is to toss a Frisbee around at a nearby park halfway through my work day.  What is (or will be) your favorite way to carve time out to play?

Thank you!

Your response to People Who Inspire II was epic & I so appreciate the value you add to the discussion when you share your thoughts & feedback. It encouraged me (and Leighanne!) to know that her story not only touched your hearts, but also that you came away with a desire to do a little more each day to add to the healing of the world instead of its hurt. As did I.

 

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