Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Inspiration of sorts.

A grab bag of goodies that have been inspiring me lately:

The Lost Art of Play

By: Livia Albeck-Ripka

We don’t play anymore. Why is that?

As children, play is one of the first things we learn to do. It teaches us to be optimistic, 

flexible and social. Yet when we grow up, it seems to almost disappear from our lives.
We forget to make a mess, to dress up, to make things from egg cartons and shoeboxes—to create when we know we might fail. We replace “idle” enjoyment with work and seriousness; somehow, we start believing that if there isn’t a goal, there isn’t a point.
We become monofocused, but it burns something at the other end. Increasingly, we are overworked, obese and depressed. We escape into drugs and alcohol, even though we know that these altered states of consciousness are detached and ultimately, empty.
But we are hardwired to play, and we haven’t been coping without it. Play is the foundation for intimacy, cooperation, creativity and resilience. It is essential to our mental health.
So let’s get out the glue and streamers and make something that might be ugly. Let’s be spontaneous. Let’s improvise. Let’s fail together. Let’s reconnect.
Through play, we can awaken our innate ability to trust and adapt. And instead of feeling the fleeting happiness that comes from goal-orientated success, we can engage with something far more magical, free and expansive.
We can’t play where there is judgment, so we will have to ignore our egos. Let’s try to remember what gave us joy as fearless children. Did you love to sing, to dance, to build? When is the last time you felt free, light, lost in a story? Disappearing into the make-believe can nourish our brains and hearts and inspire a world of possibility.

Find rewards in creating things for yourself and make things for no other reason than for them to exist.

"Design is the choices we make about the world we want to live in."

Wilson Miner - When We Build from Build on Vimeo.

Be good. Get better.

1. You don't have to dream
2. Don't seek happiness
3. Remember it's all luck
4. Exercise
5. Be hard on your opinions
6. Be a teacher
7. Define yourself by what you love
8. Respect people with less power than you
9. Don't rush

Amy Polher's Smart Girls at the Party, inspiring girls to "Change the world by being yourself"


Kim said...

I am so happy you blogged!! (:

Mariam said...

I totally agree with you, it reminds me of an Arcade Fire song - wake up.

"If the children don’t grow up,
our bodies get bigger but our hearts get torn up.
We’re just a million little god’s causin rain storms
Turnin’ every good thing to rust."

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