Be a Player

“How would your life be different if…You decided to give freely, love fully, and play ferociously? Let today be the day…You free yourself from the conditioned rules that limit your happiness and dilute the beautiful life experience. Have fun. Give – Love – Play!” ~Steve Maraboli

I write about play frequently on my health site. After reading Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint, I really feel it is an underestimated part of health and life.

Yesterday I took time to play. Growing up holiday’s at the Paulin’s always consisted of a game of euchre (real Hoosier play euchre). Everyone would gather around, split into teams and the fun would begin. Playful smack talk and jesting. A little (okay a lot) competitive spirit. Comradery. LOUD talking both orally and with hands for emphasis. Not matter the actual game winner, we ALL come away better from the experience. Why?

Yesterday I enjoyed rousing games of spoons with the Drehers and watched a great game of six-hand at the Paulin’s. With my changed perspective, the experience was different this time (rather what I noticed was different). Sometimes with family, its the obligatory conversation. How’s school? How’s work? New boyfriend/girlfriend? Especially with family from out of town. You only see each other so many times a year. Jumping into deep conversations doesn’t always happen as we’re testing the waters, adapting to seeing each other again. But in the moment of play, in a riveting game, all that is stripped away.

There is the moment. We’re lost in the game. In the excitement. In the intoxicating energy. We are truly being present with each other. Like Plato says:

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”

I get more from the experience of the game, than in hours of conversation. Plus its fun. You relax. You become yourself. Throw out obligation. Throw out conventional. Take the present, and embrace. Laugh and have fun. Let go and Play!

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