“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing!”
~ George Bernard Shaw ~
Bringing play into our lives helps us become carefree and relaxed. Play helps us live in joy and brings some magic into our lives as well as helps us become open and receptive to our creativity.
When I arrived home from traveling for work the first thing I noticed was a swing hanging from a large tree in my front yard. I had all I could do to restrain myself from jumping out of the car to try out my new swing. You see, one thing that I have never outgrown is the joy of swinging high in the air. A wooden swing hanging from a tree limb is the ultimate. Two things that bring peace and joy to my life are nature and swings.
We all have something from the past that brings us happiness even if our childhood wasn’t considered pleasant. There is always one moment in time when something occurred that took you to that happy place. When we find what that was and incorporate it back into our lives it opens a door to that special place in our hearts. This is what laying back on the swing as it flies high into the air does for me. The creative juices begin to flow. Many times creative ideas seem to great me as I flow gently up and down. It is as if I am catching ideas from the air as it passes by.
I called my friend and told him how appreciative I was of his act of kindness. This meant more to me than diamonds, a jaguar, or trip around the world. The reason, it is something I can go outside and enjoy throughout the year even if there is snow on the ground or if it’s raining. When I need to find that inner place of peace I can walk out my front door and be transformed into that creative place of my childhood.
When people ask if I feel embarrassed when others see me swinging I share that I’m not. If others look at me in amusement than that belongs to them, not me. I feel confident enough to not care what others think. It has taken me a long time to reach this beautiful place and I enjoy every minute of it. If you can reach out and find something you love, something that makes you feel good, a place to find that inner peace and creativity then allow yourself that pleasure whether others agree or not – as long as it isn’t hurting you or them. Once we let go of our fear of what others will say or think we become one with ourselves and we can allow others the same freedoms.
So now I shall go sit on my swing and try to let my hair reach the ground as my feet fly high above me in the air. If you have a swing in your yard or in a park near your house I invite you to share in this small pleasure along with me. If there is some other kind of play that you can indulge in then get out there and enjoy. Wishing you a creative, pleasurable, and playful life.
Love and Light,