by Beth A. Richardson
1. Schedule time to be spontaneous.
2. Think of something that you like to do that has nothing to do with your job. (Hint: something that brings you enjoyment, is relaxing, is fun, may or may not be silly, brings you in touch with the people or environment around you.) Grab your journal or a notebook and list three ideas.
3. Find someone to do the activity with.
4. If you cannot find someone, do it anyway.
5. Play. (Hint: go fly a kite, walk in the woods, go to a movie, play miniature golf, ride a horse, read a kids' book, take a nap in the hammock, take a field trip with a kindergarten class, splash in a puddle, go somewhere you've never been before and send your best friend a post card, join a team sport, watch a sunrise, or ____________ [you fill in the blank].)
6. Let yourself experience the wonder of your play.
Adapted from “How to Play (For Those Who Don’t Know How)” by Beth A. Richardson. Published in Alive Now, July/August 1992, Vol. 22, No. 4. Copyright © 1992 by The Upper Room.
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