is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious
But for children play is serious learning.
really the work of childhood. -Fred
creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect
but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity.
The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
who know how to play can easily leap over the adversities of life.
And one who knows how to sing and laugh never brews mischief.
is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate
between a time for learning and a time for play
without seeing the vital connection between them.
|A buoyant and full-blooded soul has quick senses
miscellaneous sympathies: it changes with the changing
world; and when not too much starved or thwarted by
it finds all things vivid and comic. Life is
fundamentally and would like to be free play altogether.
you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun.
When that happens I tell myself just to go out
and play as I did when I was a kid.
J. Watson, Sr.
|Creation, after all, is only play.
-Stephen C. Paul
keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm
for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just
doesn't taste good. -Lucia
is play so elusive for some grown-ups? Because we are so
and attached to a profoundly goal-oriented, work-ethic-driven
other forms of non-work, play connotes wastefulness, a stoppage in
the way of
what needs to get done. Yet often what really needs to get
done has more to do
with our hearts and spirits and less to do with a deadline or
Play beckons to us, urging us to live in the present moment, a
becomes more luminous when we disallow interruptions like work and
|The real joy of life is in its
play. Play is
do for the joy
of doing it, apart from
of duty. It is the
real living of
life with the
feeling of freedom and
self-expression. Play is
business of childhood,
later years is the
prolongation of youth. -Walter Rauschenbusch
|The world is your playground. Why aren't you
playing? -Ellie Katz
are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves,
or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.
it not appear to you versatility is the true and rare
characteristic of that rare thing called genius--versatility
and playfulness? In my mind they are both essential.
|They are enlightened who join in this play knowing
it as play,
for people suffer only because they take as serious
what the gods made for fun. -Alan Watts
We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we
stop playing! -George Bernard
true object of all human life is play.
Earth is a task garden;
heaven is a playground. -G.
may be the mother of invention,
but play is certainly the
|To be playful is not
to be trivial or frivolous, or to act as though nothing
consequence will happen. On the contrary, when we are playful with
each other we relate as free persons, and the relationship is open
surprise; everything that happens is of consequence. It is, in
seriousness that closes itself to consequence, for
seriousness is a dread
of the unpredictable outcome of open
possibility. To be serious is
to press for a specified conclusion. To be playful is to allow
for possibility whatever the cost to
oneself. -James Carse
ability to play is essential to being a creative artist.
the only way the highest intelligence
of humankind can unfold. -Joseph Chilton
I get to pick what I want to do, then it's play. . . if someone else
tells me that I have to do it, then it's work.
the art of working well a civilized race would add that art of
playing well. -George
|Play is the
beginning of knowledge. -George Dorsey
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Reasons to Play!
2. Time just for me.
3. Connect with old friends.
4. Make new friends.
5. Have extra energy.
6. Learn a new skill.
7. Expand my interests.
8. Expand my world.
9. Think more clearly.
10. Have fun.
11. Sleep better.
12. Be in a better mood.
13. Be happy.
14. Be healthier.
15. Be with my dog.
16. Be strong.
17. Increase my strength.
18. Be independent.
20. Time to problem solve.
21. Reduce stress.
22. Be with God.
23. Be in nature.
Get a suntan.
25. Be me!
26. Sweat out toxins.
27. Eat healthier.
28. Renew my enthusiasm for life.
29. Be powerful.
30. Because I want to!
you play, you benefit from the physical movement,
the intellectual stimulation and the creative
expression. You'll feel better about yourself,
and many forms of active play will actually help you
to get in better shape physically. So while
you may think you don't have time to play, this is
the best thing you could possible be doing.
From her book Permission to Play, 2003.
Many of my clients
stopped playing years ago. They wouldn't dream of doing
anything they'd call "play," except on rare occasions
like planned vacations or jury duty. They believe that play
is inimical to success, that allowing themselves to play would
cause them to lose their competitive edge at work. This is
incredibly ironic when you consider that the play-intensive nature
of our brains is the very thing that's allowed us to out-compete
every other species on earth. A playful mind-set allows you
to master whatever is in front of you, to form symbiotic alliances
and partnerships, to adapt successfully to any challenging
situation, and above all, to find a sense of fun that makes the
whole shebang intrinsically satisfying. Play is precisely
what you need most to succeed at work. It will also
immeasurably improve your personal life, but as far as I'm
concerned, the main reason to practice play is that it's
extremely, vitally, pivotally good for your
career. -Martha Beck, The
Good work and joyous
play go hand in hand. When play stops, old age begins.
Play keeps you from taking life too seriously.
Everybody has heard the
phrase "Work hard, play hard." But I tell my teams
"Work hard, play hard. Don't get the two confused and
move quickly from one to the other." The difference is
subtle, but I believe it's crucial for success.
I think the biggest mistake people make is they waste time
and happiness by mixing work and play. Impatience causes all
of us to want want to find an immediate conclusion instead of
inching our way towards perfection. This often leads us to
wish we were playing when we're working, and on the flipside,
worrying about work when we're playing. In this way, we fail
to get the most out of or enjoy either of
them. -Bill Resler, The
Heart of the Team
Play not only keeps
us young but also maintains our perspective about the relative
seriousness of things. Running is play, for even if we try
hard to do well at it, it is a relief from everyday
cares. -Jim Fixx
There is wisdom in
knowing how to play, to touch lightly, uninvolved and uncommitted,
on what is pleasurable.
is a happy talent to know how to play. -Ralph
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