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.
you imagine experiencing
the world as a great sandbox
given for us to play in like we did
as children? As we play, we can
also open ourselves to the
exploration of our edges,
always creating new adventures
of self-exploration as we let go
of old out-dated beliefs
true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden;
heaven is a playground.
To be playful is not
to be trivial or frivolous, or to act as though nothing
will happen. On the contrary, when we are playful with
other we relate as free
persons, and the relationship is open
everything that happens is of consequence. It is, in
closes itself to consequence, for seriousness is a dread
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
We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we
is play so elusive for some grown-ups? Because we are so
and attached to a profoundly goal-oriented,
other forms of non-work, play
connotes wastefulness, a stoppage in
the way of
to get done. Yet often what really needs to get
done has more
with our hearts and spirits and less to do with a deadline
longstanding project. Play beckons to us, urging us to live in
the present moment, a
becomes more luminous
when we disallow interruptions like work and
people behind the words
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They are enlightened who join in this play knowing
it as play,
suffer only because they take as serious
what the gods made for fun.
The real joy of life is in its
play. Play is
do for the
of doing it, apart
of duty. It is the
life with the
of freedom and
self-expression. Play is
business of childhood,
prolongation of youth.
ability to play is essential to being a creative artist.
may be the mother of invention,
but play is certainly the
the only way the highest intelligence
of humankind can unfold.
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.
I get to pick what I want to do, then it's play. . . if someone
tells me that I have to do it, then it's work.
is paradoxical that many educators and parents still
between a time for learning and a time for
without seeing the vital connection between them.
Play has been the human's most useful preoccupation.
the art of working well a civilized race would
add that art of
are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves,
or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.
The world is your playground. Why aren't you
Play is the
beginning of knowledge.
keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm
life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just
doesn't taste good.
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.
Genuine play occurs when you lose sight of yourself and
your life for
the moment. You are totally immersed
in whatever physical or creative
activity with no
awareness of the passing of time. You are truly
and alive. For some people, play may be more
physical. For others, it
is a creative outlet for
expression. However, both types of play can
our basic need for curiosity, exploration, and fun.
Jill Murphy Long
Play is as necessary to the perfect development of a child as sunshine
is to the perfect development of a plant. The childhood that has no
budding and flowering, or only a partial unfolding of its petals, will
have nothing but gnarled and pinched fruitage. The necessity for play
in the very beginning of a child's development is shown by the fact
that the instinct to play is so strong in all young life,
including the entire animal kingdom. . . .
The very fact that the instinct to play, that the love of fun is
imperious in children, shows a great necessity in their nature
which, if suppressed, will leave a famine in their lives.
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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.
Imaginative play is a key that opens the door to
Frances E. Vaughan
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.
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is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious
learning. But for children play is serious learning.
really the work of childhood.
is a happy talent to know how to play.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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.
is wisdom in knowing how to play, to touch lightly,
and uncommitted, on what is pleasurable.
not only keeps us young but also maintains our perspective
about the relative seriousness of things. Running is play,
if we try hard to do well at it, it is a relief from everyday
heard the phrase "Work hard, play hard." But I
teams "Work hard, play hard. Don't get the two confused
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
by mixing work and play. Impatience causes all of us to want
want to find
an immediate conclusion instead of inching our way towards
This often leads us to wish we were playing when we're working,
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.
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work and joyous play go hand in hand. When play stops,
begins. Play keeps you from taking life too seriously.
of my clients stopped playing years ago. They wouldn't dream
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
alliances and partnerships, to adapt successfully to any
and above all, to find a sense of fun that makes the whole shebang
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.