When was the last time you played like a child does, with no regard for time or decorum? When was the last time you laughed with your whole body and soul? When was the last time you got lost in time with a child in play? If you can’t recall, then it’s been too long!
My children, now in their 20’s, remember fondly the times I let go of all those chores and responsibilities and played with them, like it was my job. Because really, it was the biggest perk in my role as a mom, to be present with them in the moments they were exploring the world around them and playing. When my granddaughter came along, I experienced a whole new level of presence to the curiosity and playfulness that is the birthright of children. In my work I introduce elements of playfulness and invite participants to be curious rather than critical. The suspension of our critical and judgmental selves and connection to our lighter, more creative selves is so vital for problem solving, decision-making and idea generation.
Did you know you can’t be creative and negative at the same time? It’s true! When you are curious, you are open. When you are critical, you are closed. When you are curious, you can be playful. I’ve seen the results from spending more time in a curious and playful state and I think you will, too. I am happier. My relationships are better, stronger. I feel better. I think better. My work is better.
How could you be more curious, more playful this week? Take a break from juggling your responsibilities, learn to juggle! Have a dance party. Get on the floor and work a puzzle with your favorite child. Get out on the playground and swing until you feel gravity tickle your tummy.
When we experience life like a child – open, with curiosity and playfulness, we connect with the best in ourselves and give our best selves to those we love and those we serve.