Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Purpose of Play

The world we live in is a remarkably beautiful place. Sometimes, however, we can forget this important fact. When we spend every minute of every day rushing around trying to get somewhere else, do something else and meet with someone else we forget to notice the here and the now.

This is precisely why it is so important to take time to play. Give yourself permission to do something you enjoy simply for the fun of doing it. There is no purpose looking for profit beyond enjoying the moment.

Remember when you were a small child how magical everything looked to you. It can still be this way now. The trick is to really be in the moment without any thought of what may come next. It is only when we distract our mind with the list of things that we need to do that we miss out on the beauty around us.

The next time you find yourself in the park eating a sandwich, taking a walk on a sunny morning or even just going out for a jog, see everything around you as if for the very first time. Pay no attention to the time, banish all thoughts of meetings or schedules and just be. Then watch as the magic returns.

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