Joy comes to us in ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary. -Brene Brown
Hello, I’m Jessica!
I believe Play IS the important work. I believe Play is innate in childhood and then we kind of lose our ability to play as we age, and replace it with efficiency and lists, and boxes checked off. It’s hard to get deep into play when we, as grownups, are so tapped out that our thoughts and agendas get in the way of our peace and presence. It’s a challenge, and a daily practice …. to slow down enough to let play unfold ….. without steering it. Adults have been programmed to find an end result, an outcome, an efficiency. But that’s not play. Play is a toying of thoughts, ideas, concepts…. of experimenting with words, ideas and ponderings…. it’s about seeing what comes of it without any script or judgment – no particular outcome necessary. Kids are brilliant at it. Adults are forced to grow out of this incredibly beautiful, vulnerable, and creative expansion. I believe it’s in each of our best interest to tap back into the childish JOY of PLAY. But I think, at first, we have to reprogram ourselves a bit. That requires settling our minds and thoughts enough to be present.
Play gives us a chance to practice what we are learning. -Mr. Rogers
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