I skipped lunch today in favor of painting. Yum!
I am playing, creating, ingesting, and sharing what I am learning.
So many people who I work with are searching and questioning the purpose of life:
How to be more compassionate and make a difference.
I feel very fortunate that I understand my role in making a difference in the lives of others. My purpose is to help myself and others re-search and learn ‘the art of playing in the everyday’. To help others create playful pathways where each of us stand up and act compassionately (with an open heart) from the grounding of a life-well lived.
As any of you who are readers of my blogs know–I value dreaming, sharing, and taking action for the greater good. Even so, it is only recently that I began to send more than the occasional email to subscribers of our ‘Play Notes‘ e-list. I didn’t want to overburden anyone’s email box or be accused of being TOO MUCH, TOO BIG, TO VOCAL.
When I was a girl growing up, in a large, Catholic family; I knew that I was to stay small, not speak, not be different. The nuns at the parochial school I attended showed very little tolerance for lack of conformity or drawing outside the lines. Even in my doctoral program I was told by one of the women I studied with, I could wipe the floor with you. About that same time, around my 40th birthday, things began to change. I began to play again outside of walls that I created for myself–walls that were built from my choices.
TODAY I understand how important it is to inform others who will be impacted by my actions about what I am doing. Be in my authority. Communicate and not be concerned that it’s TOO MUCH.
Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity. ~Henri Nouwen
I Play and Find Joy in:
- Walking in my neighborhood
- Snowshoe during the winter season
- Talking with a friend
- Posting a Photo and Sharing a Story on Social Media
- Listening to someone who is sharing a painful experience
- Watching a Sunrise or Sunset with Soft Focus
- Playing with my grandchildren
What brings you JOY?
[Fill in the Blank]
There are so many moments of JOY! and OPPORTUNITIES TO STAND UP AND RAISE YOUR VOICE!
I have been sharing ‘Play Quotes‘ for a while now. I’m excited to see how many people are sharing these bits of inspiration with others. Some of the quotes are my own and then there is a portion of quotes that are ‘riffs’ by me on the words of those who inspire me. I am drawn to a variety of voices some known and increasingly new voices of poets, songwriters, novelists, play advocates, creativity experts, dreamers, scientists, innovators, activists, and more. My goal in sharing these ‘play quotes’ is to inspire you! To help you move ahead on your playful, individuation journey.
I am also sending blog posts to subscribers of ‘Play Notes‘ from both the Play=Peace blog and the ‘Create a Life that Comes from the Heart‘ blog. I am finding that my writing is deepening as I commit to the process of writing and of sharing courageously with my readers.
I am eager to connect with many more of you this year in meaningful ways. There are a number of avenues to connect and learn more about ‘the art of playing in the everyday’.
- Individual Play-based, Depth-oriented Mentoring
- Memoir Project writings, Performances, and Workshops
- Speaking Engagements and Freelance Writing
- Playful Journey Virtual Retreats
- Play=Peace Shop
- Play=Peace on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and others…