Visualize this: two young girls recognize each other across the playfield and run to greet each other. One girl’s father says, “We only have thirty minutes before we need to go home for dinner.” The girls hug each other and are filled with delight. They talk fast and their voices lilt with giggles. They run off to the swings and play: thirty hot minutes stretch before them into infinity.
Isn’t this what we are here for? To delight in each other’s company and to play.
Becoming an adult often means chiseling away at play time in the name of “more serious” pursuits. Here’s the thing. In organizations we want to be innovative, creative, and resourceful. We want high performance and great employee satisfaction scores. But we have forgotten how to play!
Take a breath. On your inhale allow your energy to expand up and out like the branches of a tree. Exhale…follow your breath like a slowly circling light through you, to your center and into the earth. Ask yourself, “What would it be like to have a little more playfulness in my being?” Notice your body’s response.