The Power of Play
In any given time if you ask a child what they want they will probably respond with I would like to play. They all seem to want to play. Now as they grow older and they want to play they will hear people telling them to grow up or act their age. Most kids will eventually have the play bullied right out of them.
Playing is just a wonderful part of our life and it is not just for kids. We all need to have some playtime to ourselves. As the saying goes, we only grow old when we stop playing.
I want you to think back to your childhood. Remember the Saturday morning cartoons? I loved Saturday morning cartoons while eating my cereal. Maybe you spent your afternoons playing with your friends outside drinking Kool-Aid. Those were the times when you didn’t seem to have a care in the world.
I am here to tell you that you can still have fun like that. There is no magical potion that will transform you back into a child but you can recapture your childlike nature. Just because we grow older doesn’t mean that you have to grow old.
There is absolute power in play. It is the power of remembering who your authentic and real self is, who you were going to be in your mind before people told you that you couldn’t or shouldn’t or didn’t have the talent to be able to do that and to become the person that you wanted to become.
When you start playing again in this week’s action step below you will start to awaken your inner child and then you will begin to rediscover all the dreams you buried over the years.
THIS WEEK'S ACTION STEP
Here is this week’s personal exercise:
So you are probably asking yourself how do you start playing again? Will the process is both fun and enlightening. You are about to enter a room and turn on a light that is been dark for years and it’s going to be a lot of fun.
So here is what I suggest.
First, I want you to go to a quiet place with your journal or notebook in a pen.
Second, I want you to think back to your childhood. Maybe close your eyes and see yourself as a seven or eight-year-old again.
Here is where the fun comes in. Start to remember all the things that you used to do and enjoy as a seven or eight-year-old. Maybe you were into finger painting or like to play baseball? Maybe you like to play with trucks or with dolls? What were some of your favorite Saturday morning cartoons? Maybe you love building forts and were excellent at building forts. Did you like the color or build things out of Play Doh?
So now make a list of 10 things that you enjoy doing back when you were seven or eight or maybe even nine. Below is a sample list.
2. Cutting out paper dolls
3. Watching “The Huckleberry Hound Show” on Saturday mornings
4. Collecting baseball cards
5. Playing with toy soldiers
8. Playing army
9. Riding a bike