The Importance of Play
By Paul Bauer

This morning I woke up and had a choice...

I could have been caught up in the busy-ness of the new day, or, I could take some time and play with my two retrievers and go for a nice walk.

: - )

Guess which one I chose?

Yep, I chose to go for the walk, and the pups LOVED it.
I Loved it...

: - )

Each morning we wake up, we have a choice. We can jump into our "Adult Suits" and reach "stress point" before the clock has even hits 10:00 a.m.... Or, we can make a simple choice...

- we can choose to

"Come on Paul, I'm a busy person, I have responsibilities!"

Yes, my friend, you also have a need to unwind - to step back from the "perpetual adult syndrome" we're caught up in so often. It';s also your responsibility to live your life qwith more joy and passion>

I share this concept with people frequently:

"We've had far too much training being adults and
not nearly enough being children. Our creativity
gets cut off at about age 7, and our struggles are
all connected with this central fact"

I mean child like Spirit ...

Plato once said:

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play
than in a year of conversation"

Hmmm... Consider that for a moment.... "You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation"

From the great book, "Living Your Life Out Loud" by Salli Rasberry
and Padi Selwyn

"Dr. Ellie Katz, believes that play is a priority - fundamental to life and survival. She feels that re-learning how to play not only increases your creativity, imagination, and intuition, it also brings more joy into your life." Dr Katz observes,

"Play is one of the highest spiritual forms of being. When we're
in that state, we get lost in ourselves, which allows the
mind to receive the message of
the spirit."

"She notes that because the world has lost its
ability to play, we are experiencing greater loneliness, depression, health problems communication breakdowns, and the loss of creativity."

Dr. Katz encourages people to be colorful and "lighten up" and start playing more. She teaches "Playology" to corporate managers, doctors, psychologists, nurses, and teachers who want to learn what Playology is and how it can help people re-discover their Spirit.


So, Here's you assignment today...
(a simple and fun way to feel better! : - )


"Write Yourself a Play Prescription Today"

Take 10 minutes now, and write down 5 ways you can have
some fun today.

Some great Ideas:

Take your shoes off - yes even at your corporate desk!
Wiggle your toes in the air and say
"I'm FREE!"

Better yet, go massage someone else's toes and
see how they feel
: - )

Toss a piece of paper over your cubicle at one
of your cubicle mates and say Whoops! - wrong desk!

I used to do that all the time in my corporate days.
It always got the office laughing : - )

3) Go out for a walk and a stretch - and smile at someone
new today - someone you don't already know.

4) Play some upbeat music and dance - use your pens
and other objects as "drumsticks"

5) Lay on the floor and stretch and feel the vitality
in your body


s - t - r - e - t - c - h

: - )

So... take a moment and write at least 5 things you
can do today to have some fun (yes, especially
if you're at work!!!!!

5 Things (or more) that I can do today
to have FUN!!!






b - r - e - a - t - h - e


step back from your reality and



Dream . . .

As you do, you'll re-connect to YOUR "childhood
imaginings", and re-claim your Spirit and be well
on your way to Living Your Life's Dreams...


B r e a t h e, and take a moment to Dream today
my friend...

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