Posts Tagged ‘play’

2/365 – ” How do you design #play into your life? “

2/365 – How do you design #play into your life?

The act of play is important for children. It helps them develop the skills for physical, social, and emotional well-being and better understand themselves and their relationship with the world.

As we get older, the stress of being an adult creeps in – and we run out of time to play. Yet play can serve the same function for adults.

As I gear up for the next chapter of my life, discarding one identity and preparing for the next – I’ve been wondering how I might design more play into my life.

One idea has been to “default to yes” when I’m asked to try things that don’t violate hard boundaries.

The other has been to find playmates and to schedule playtime.

What about you?


206- Regenerative Willpower

I like to think of #willpower as the fuel that powers our dreams.

Like water behind a dam, it represents an incredible amount of energy that we can use to accomplish great things.

If managed correctly, it can run forever – but if you deplete the water faster than it refills itself, you risk burning out.

For the last few years, I’ve tried to build resilience by increasing the size of the proverbial reservoir. I would spend my time toiling away at the dam, preparing my mind and body to normalize the grit, pain, and suffering that greatness demands.

But lately, I’ve been more curious to explore a softer path – One that involves finding and redirecting new streams of water into the reservoir to keep it full.

It’s not just about the upsides of finding a new stream of energy to power our dreams in perpetuity. It’s also about the joy that #exploration, #experimentation, and #play can invite into our lives.

Regenerative willpower is possible. We just need to make time for it.


113- Play like the world depended on it.

Play is something I’ve struggled to bring into my life.

The severity of pressing global issues combined with the #privilege , #responsibility , and duty I feel towards others creates the belief that there is no time for play.

Yet, #play is one of the most effective ways to grow and learn. It takes us away from anxiety and depression into the present, makes us more creative by creating space for #experimentation and #exploration , and helps us develop resiliency by forging new and unexpected friendships and relationships.

For us issue-driven folks, play is a critical tool we need to learn how to wield. After all, if saving the world was more fun, more people would get involved.

81- Game of life

Nobody wants to play a game they know they’ll win 100% of the time. Guaranteed #success is not fun.

We want to play games that we have a fair chance at winning. And a good game is not defined by who wins or loses, but rather how enjoyable the challenge was.

Life is similar. All it requires is to shift our focus from the outcome of winning to the joy of playing.

Since we’re competing against no one but ourselves – the key is to play at the edge of our competence. To find that zone where we can confidently pursue our potential and find learning opportunities in failure.

Life is a game, we just need to remember to have fun.

#joy #play