January 18

Today's quotation:

The more fun you have, the greater your value
to yourself and to your society.  The more fun you
share with others, the more fun you have.

Bernie De Koven
from the "Purported Utterances of the Oaqui"

Today's Meditation:

I love to have fun, and I do my best to have fun in any situation in which I find myself.  This doesn't always sit well with everyone, especially those people who interpret having fun as being "irresponsible."  But as I get older, I care less and less about how other people see me, and having fun and enjoying myself get easier and easier as the attention that I pay to other people's displeasure diminishes.

Our world really could be an enjoyable place if we didn't take everything so darned seriously, and if we were to have more fun in more different ways.  I have one important rule about fun, though--I'll never have fun at another person's expense.  I'll never feel that I'm enjoying myself because another person is suffering in some way.

I mostly have fun with kids, because they haven't yet forgotten the art.  If they see a ball or a kite or a puddle, their imaginations take off and they can enjoy themselves immensely with whatever it is they have.  We adults, though, so often see a kite and say something like, "I remember when I was a kid, I had a lot of fun flying kites."  We've become people who don't have fun, but who remember it pretty well.

Can you have fun today?  Can your job be fun?  Can your breakfast time with your family be fun, instead of just another obligation or occurrence?  If you can make dinner fun, will your whole family benefit?  You'll have to be prepared to face some people who aren't quite sure why you suddenly want to have fun, more than likely, but that's okay--they may not have fun with you today, but eventually, they'll come to enjoy themselves with you!

Questions to consider:

Why do we tend to associate fun with a lack of responsibility or a lack of productivity?

What are some of the most fun things that you've done?  Do you still do them?

What are some of the benefits of sharing fun with others?
For further thought:

Those who do not get fun and enjoyment out of every day. . . need to reorganize their lives.

George Matthew Adams

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