When my husband found himself looking for a new job, that was a scary time. I wasn’t sure exactly what to say when he came home and made the announcement. I found myself asking, “Do you want to dance?” We did and we kept dancing day after day, just for a few minutes and six months later we were dancing at a wedding and having a great time. I know I was a bit shy on the dance floor in times past, but not now!
A few years ago, I happened to attend a health conference. At that conference I was asked how I managed to change my lifestyle. I don’t remember exactly what I said, probably something about commitment. Something nagged at me about my answer and I felt I missed something important and then it dawned on me – I forgot to mention play!
Play was and is such a key ingredient in the lifestyle changes I’ve made and in the work I do with story and communication. Play is powerful stuff. We play to relax, to learn, to grow, to socialize and build relationships. We use it to communicate and connect with each other. Play can help us make the changes we need and want to make with more ease.
Animals play too (this is in French, but does it really matter?) – click here to view.
Play IS for children and adults! It is a basic human need, when we deprive ourselves and others from the opportunity to play on a regular basis at home, at work and in our personal and professional lives we leave behind something as necessary as a breath of fresh air.
You might enjoy reading Stuart Brown’s book, Play ~ How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. But don’t wait for the book – go play – even if it is just for a few minutes.
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Edited 12/14/2016: removed youtube video and changed some text for clarity.
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