Play Paula, Play

Play isn’t something I am good at. To do something for the sake of pure enjoyment, without an ROI, targeted outcome or sense of accomplishment, isn’t something I really know how to do (unfortunately). Like many others, I was taught that you don’t rest (play) until all your work is done. But seriously, when is all the work done? Never.

This weekend, I had the opportunity to spend time at the lake with my friend who has play on lockdown. In true form to someone who doesn’t know how to play, I brought Dare to Lead to keep reading in, my DTL journal I am using to prepare to facilitate, my regular journal, my business journal and my computer. I had big plans, but Mother Nature laughed in my face with that move.

Within an hour of getting on the water with her pontoon, a storm moved in. Not a storm; a deluge with pea size hail in the middle of the lake with winds so strong we were unanchored with no where to escape to. Mother Nature: 1. Paula: 0

I got the message loud and clear: this weekend is for play, not for work.

So this weekend, I played. Hard. For the first time in a couple decades, I took a pontoon ride and jumped in a lake. It was glorious.

The play was everything play was supposed to be: fun, relaxing, and without purpose. I rode on an ATV for the first time, ate smores over a massive bonfire, and spent a lot of time in the water soaking up the sun. I also caught a pretty spectacular sunset.

I walk away from this weekend with a renewed appreciation of play. It is critically important to ensuring that we have balance, and if it doesn’t come naturally, then we need to work on making it a priority (no pun intended). I enjoy work, and I enjoy working hard, but as it turns out, there is more to life than work. I am leaving the lake grateful, refreshed and sun-kissed. As it should be.

QOTD: “The opposite of play isn’t work – it’s depression.” ~ Dr. Stuart Brown

Mood: God’s Country – Blake Shelton

Share: Are you good at play, or do you need to prioritize it? What do you do to play?

Published by Inner Wisdom Coaching and Consulting

Joy Seeker. Animal Lover. Martini Drinker. Runner. Mover. Shaker. Dreamer. Believer. Just me.

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