All Play and No Work?
I know I’ve got it backwards! I do, however, believe the balance is
essential, and I thought it might be interesting to contemplate what the
balance would look like if play came before work. Most of us have no
difficulty with the work part-it comes with the territory. The play is
another matter, however. I definitely have nothing against work-not only
is it necessary for creating an income which most of us require, and if
it’s something we enjoy and take pride in, it also provides a purpose
upon which to focus and a source of potential gratification emotionally,
as well as financially. So unless unemployment strikes, we have work.
Most of us have work beyond work in that we have children to raise,
bills to pay, errands to run, homes and cars to maintain, etc. If you
consider all the “side jobs”, it becomes easier to see why play is so
I see young people raising families today, I marvel at how they do it.
The world is a much busier place than years ago when my kids were
growing up. I’m so impressed by how today’s parents juggle it all. For
many, however, the difficulty appears to be in making time for “play”.
Whether it’s a couple’s “us” time or an individual’s “me” time, there
often isn’t time scheduled for play and for relaxation. And for many, it
must be scheduled if it’s going to happen. I’m beginning to think
relaxation is becoming a lost art-one that I often hear described as
being “lazy”. Now lazy is a word I don’t believe in, so I always wonder
what’s behind “the cover story”. I often hear people describe themselves
as lazy because relaxation and yes, play, have gotten a bad name.
whatever happened to “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy?” Maybe
some of you never even heard that expression. It doesn’t get used much
any more. So I say, let’s bring it back! We all need “play” time, and
whatever that looks like for each of us, it’s invaluable. It’s really
not about being “dull” either. It’s about taking care of yourself and
giving to yourself in a way which brings you enjoyment, pleasure and
relaxation. Not only do we need that, we deserve it. So if you take a
long, hard look at how your life is unfolding, please take note if
there’s not enough time for you and time for play and find a way to
alter your schedule in order to build it in. In other words, HAVE FUN!!