Do you know what the opposite of PLAY is?

“The opposite of play is not work, the opposite of play is depression”  Brian Sutton-Smith

Chew on that for a minute…. 

Sure changes the frame of reference when you’re making daily choices of what is more important than play, doesn’t it? 

What is most important? Has play found it’s rightful place as a big rock in your life? A top priority?

I gotta tell ya… I made that key shift in my life and I haven’t looked back. Play is a top priority in my life. Period.

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You can choose play, or you can choose….  

I hope you choose to play!!

Play is not a luxury. Play  is an essential human need- It is a biological, physical, and spiritual imperative.

We need to stop treating it like a frivolous childish endeavor….

We live in a culture where productivity is inked to our self worth… so when we make the choice to play or rest we come up hard against boundaries, and learning how to set them. We are learning to put as much value on our lives and well-being as we put on the other things that are getting in the way of play.

I invite you to play a bit with play, notice what happens for you, notice how it impacts every area of your life and being. 

“Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us.” Elizabeth Gilbert

TRUTH…  I believe that magic, divinity, god, the universe, love, … whatever you want to call it… Meets us on the playground….  We taste bliss and touch a part of ourselves that we were created to share…

One of the reasons I think this is true, is because when we play, when we’re really lost in play… we’re finally truly present.

So I invite you to get really serious about cultivating more play in your life… because when we talk about the ecosystem that makes you thrive… It is the magic sauce.. The secret fertilizer that takes your bloom to a whole other level you never dreamed possible.

Play on my friends and I’d love to hear your thoughts on play in the comments? How do you love to play? How does it make you feel?

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Want to bring more play into your every day? Curious about cultivating thriving in your life and what’s getting in the way? Looking for research-based insights, tools and powerful conversations with a group of women who want to see you shine? Check out Deciding to Thrive – the journey beings in February.  

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1 Comment

  1. Darlene Hildebrandt on August 31, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Wow this really resonates with me. After I come home from traveling where I’ve played or had fun I feel happy and alive. Then I get home and get back to work and forget to do that. Reading this also made me realize that I didn’t actually play that much as a kid even. I was a shy, quiet, serious kid. I had few friends and my play time usually involved a book, crayons, or my dog. I never played sports (until I was almost 40!) and never got to experience being part of a team. I never camped, or went to kids camp. I never learned to swim or ride a bike (did that at 40 because I got stubborn and just wanted it so bad). This is really powerful for me to realize. Thank you for this.

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