Why Can’t We Just Play?

Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins
When was the last time you stopped worrying about perfection, success, accumulating wealth and realizing your dreams and did something just for the fun of it?  We are constantly bombarded with messages that we can have, be or do anything if we only want it enough and work hard enough for it.  But  the best ideas, inventions and work come from people who love what they are doing.  When that love is lost it stops being fun and becomes drudgery.
It is okay to have a hobby, something you do just for fun, recreation or out of personal interest.  Not everything we do has to be perfect or have the potential for fame and fortune.  When you do what you love it might lead to something bigger, but that’s not the intent.
This life is a school.  While we are here we are meant to learn, grow and help others, but there is also time for recess.  So today I encourage you to take time to play a little.  Do something you truly love and have fun!

Thought for Today

Precious Moments Chapel 2009
Precious Moments Chapel 2009

How would your life be different if…You decided to give freely, love fully, and play feverously? 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, The Power of One   

Source: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/play

Reflections on a Year at the Lake

Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins
Copyright 2014 by R.A. Robbins

Last year Bob and I left a big, violent city and moved to a beautiful place in rural Oklahoma on the shores of Grand Lake ‘o the Cherokee.  So, how are things a year later?  Any regrets?  Please excuse me while a recover from the giggles …. NO!

This is not something we could have even imagined just a few months before we made the move.  We had something else planned.  In life doesn’t it seem that we always have something else planned?  Bob had planned to work at least five more years.  We had planned to travel when he retired.  We had not planned on Bob losing his job and there not being another one due to obvious health issues.

So what did we do?  We started making other plans — all of which gloriously failed.  To make a long story short, we ended up where we were meant to be.  One of our neighbors told us “The world puts us out to pasture and we end up here so God can bless us.” 

Weren’t we frightened during the whole ordeal?  You betcha!  When Bob came home and told me he had lost his job I wondered how we would survive.  Bob was upset and frightened by his sudden vision loss.  We knew we needed to get out of the city, but where would we go and how?

Fortunately Spirit kept me calm.  This is not something I am good at on my own (major understatement — stop laughing Bob).   We began a daily prayer and meditation practice, we studied, and we trusted God — most of the time.  Of course we had our moments, but when we put our trust in God and made the move having no idea what was ahead of us, we found ourselves in a beautiful place, in our own home and enjoying life.

Thank You God!