Staying Strong Series

THE TWELVE DAILY EMOTIONAL FITNESS TRAINING EXERCISES

Exercise   Number Seven Play

If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.

Bob Hope

Robert Fulghum, author of  All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten asked us to “Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay dowith our blankies for a nap.”  To which I would add and when our naps were over, e we played some fun games.

One of the joys of being around children for a play minded adult lies in the permission you are given to play.  Friedrich Nietzsche, world renown philosopher, believed that “In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play”  Today’s Staying Strong Exercise asks you tp  free that hidden child either by playing with a child or playing on your own.

Being a grandparent means I can play “Peek a bo0” and “Pat-a-cake” and “Creepy Mouse” all over again.  Ben and I laugh and laugh.  Playing with Max brings the same joy. Max likes to build roads from cards, but I am slowly trying to teach him some card games.  He knows 52 pick up and gets me to play that with him.

One of my happy memories remains playing cards with my Mom, Dad, and two brothers on summer nights.  As the youngest, I didn’t win often, but as the games usually combined luck and skill,  I won enough to know the thrill of victory.  .  We also played Scrabble.  My mother and father both played solitaire and taught us how.  Finally, my mother usually had a puzzle working somewhere in our house. I think that is when I started liking putting puzzles together.

Now I put puzzles together on the computer using Jigzone .  When Max visits we do simple Jigzone Puzzles together and when finished our Jigzone  puzzles that is a Be With Beauty moments.  (I am trying to figure out how to turn some of   my own Be With Beauty Pictures into Jigzone Puzzles.  It  can be done, but I haven’t figured out yet. I n time.)

I play on my own mostly  with word games.  I carry a book of such puzzles with me wherever I go.  I do cryptograms, word seek, various others, some crosswords.  There is a Sudoku like word game called Wordoku that I play sometimes on the computer. Those of you who get my emails or visit my web page or blog know that I also Play the Rice Game and ask you to do the same.  It is a double duty Staying Strong Exercise as you are Practicing Kindness as you play.

Whisper likes to play fetch and will often bring me a ball and make me play.  Wise animal.   Reminds me that I think my parents’ motto was not “It whether you win or lose, or how well you played that matters, it is having fun.”  When playing fetch isn’t fun for Whisper anymore, she stops playing and takes a nap.  So play and if it isn’t fun, it isn’t play.  Stay Strong.

The reluctance to put away childish things may be a requirement of genius.

Rebecca Pepper Sinkler, Auther

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