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play stimulates creativity

Copyright 2019 by R.A. Robbins

 

“When we engage in what we are naturally suited to do, our work takes on the quality of play and it is play that stimulates creativity.”

~ Linda Naiman

 

 

 


Fabric art, like shown above, available in the Espirational Gallery.

This is the real secret of life

Cats Dance at Midnight
Copyright 2008 by R.A. Robbins available in the Espirational Gallery.

 

 

“This is the real secret of life—

to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now.

And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”

~ Alan W. Watts

Play is Not Over There

Image Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

“Play isn’t something separate from the daily grind of life. It is not something to finally get to when work ends. Rather, play, like music, is a force that we feel in our bones and that whispers in our heart. As kids demonstrate, play is not over there, but forever here and now.”

~ Vince Gowmon

Let’s Play!

Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

When is the last time you actually played?  I’m talking with wild abandon here.  Like a child.  Not worrying about the cares of the world, just having fun.

This month let’s play.  Let’s pump our legs on a swing to see how high we can go.  Let’s color outside the lines.  Let’s just have fun.

If you have trouble letting go of adults rules, shoulds, shouldn’ts and have to’s  our daily posts will help you with that.  There might be games, songs, arts and crafts, even a few surprises.

So join us every day this month and let’s play!

—The Robbins

 

Sometimes You Just Have to be Outside

Copyright 2015 by R.A. Robbins

Yesterday was just one of those days that was just too beautiful to stay inside.  We ate lunch on the porch, then reluctantly went back inside to get back to work.  On my walk up the hill to get the mail I took a little detour by the lake stopping at the children’s playground to sit on one of the swings.  Then I gave a little push off and before I knew it I was “pumping” my legs, going higher and higher.  I imagined I was a bird, flying through the air.

Finally, reluctantly, I came back to earth and began the trek up the hill.   After I got the mail I kept going around the loop at the top of the hill and passed the mailboxes again.  It was just too nice to be inside so I kept walking.  Then I saw one of my neighbors sitting on a bench and joined her for conversation beginning with it was just too nice to be inside.  People drove by and talked to us, asking her if she was going to Bingo.  No, it was just too nice to be inside.  Finally a workman came to talk to her about a project she wanted done, so I headed back down the hill.

Bob was out on the porch with an empty popcorn bowl.  I went in a popped myself some corn and joined him.  After all it was just too nice to be inside.  We did eventually go back in and get back to work, but were outside again for supper.  It started to turn off cold so I went inside and eventually Bob joined me when it was getting ready to rain.  I sat in my studio watching it rain, remembering what a nice day it had been.

Now I know you’re thinking, but you’re retired, it must be nice to be able to do that.  We do still work, but we don’t punch a time clock anymore so we do have the flexibility in our schedules to just enjoy the weather from time to time.  But no matter what your work or financial situation is, I hope you are able to take a moment to take a good deep breath of fresh air.  Notice the flowers blooming.  Listen to the birds singing and children playing.   Maybe get outside and play a little yourself. Don’t let yourself get so busy planning and working for the future that you miss the wonderful, simple, here and now moments that  bring such joy to our lives.