The Power of Fun
I am a child of Depression Era parents. A “strong work ethic” was modeled, respected and reinforced. My mother hit the floor moving and went pretty much non-stop until 6:30 when it was cocktail hour. Then busy again until time for bed. The word fun was rarely in her vocabulary. We never went anywhere just for the fun of it. Playtime was reserved for after all the dreaded chores were done.
I have literally had to do some serious “work” to get the point where I could allow myself to have fun. How ironic is that?
Now…Katie bar the door!
For the last 6 months I look for the fun in almost everything I do. I had to learn how to make this happen. My greatest teachers have been my grandchildren and my dogs. Kids instinctively know how to make anything they do fun. Play is their work! What a concept.
My dogs have taught me how to stay alert on our morning walks. They never miss a scent. Now, I never miss the beauty that is available to me just by taking notice…how the morning sun greets the sky; the music the birds bring to their a.m. activities; the smells that emanate from the earth and air. I sometimes make rhythmic music in time to the sounds the dogs nails make as they clip-clop along.
I recently wrote a post about how staying in the now is a powerful way to relieve stress. Today I share with you that playfulness is a perfect way to stay in the now.
Please feel fee to add to this list of ways to bring play to your day in the comments below:
- Paint pictures in the nap of the carpet with the vacuum cleaner.
- Play 30 minutes of your favorite dance music and dance your way into a great aerobic work out.
- See how many elderly people you can make smile in the grocery store.
- While folding clothes, see how high you can stack the piles before they fall over. So what if you might have to re-fold a couple of items??
- Play “I Spy” with the kids while taking them to school.
- Laugh out loud at the thought that is trying to take you out of play mode.
- Use the soap you’re using to wash anything like finger paint.
- When you feeling self conscious about having fun, say to your ego what you always wanted to say to your parents when they wanted you to stop having fun. Or give your ego your funny face (hint: sticking the tongue out at the ego FUN!”
- Hum a tune while brushing your teeth.
- Don’t walk by a mirror without blowing your self a kiss and giving a quick wink.
Go ahead! I double-dog dare you to have fun. You might just find that physical pain dissipates, your moods stabilize, you sleep longer and deeper, and your relationships take on a whole new dimension – especially the relationship with yourself.
I can’t wait to hear what you have to share!!