Imagine standing in the street looking at where your house used to be. All that remains is a burnt out husk still smelling of smoke and ash. The weight of this loss settles on your shoulders as you think about what else went up in flames. Cherished momentos accumulated over the years, all gone; just … More The Irrepressible Mr. Murphy
Self-confidence can be defined as feeling certain and assured of one’s own abilities. This is certainly a good quality to have if you want to be more successful. In fact it’s hard to be a success without it. When a person is confident in their abilities they are also going to be more optimistic about … More You’ve Got This!
When Life gives you Lemons . . make yourself a delicious Lemon Meringue Pie! Then you can smash it into Life’s very surprised face. 😄 Did that catch you off guard? Like a lot of good comedy I started out in one direction then made a surprising right turn. Taking something ordinary and mundane and … More When good ‘ol Murphy and his law comes a calling; bring on the clowns.
Have you ever been dissatisfied with something or other? Wished there was a better way, an alternative that produced better results? So do allot of other people. The speed at which things change these days; it’s a wonder that we can even keep up, let alone get ahead. That’s why creativity and innovation are so … More We Can Create Something New
I don’t have to tell you that it’s a new year; you’re probably still trying to remember to write 2019 on your checks. This is also a time when many people make resolutions for the year to come. Further, though it’s Winter, over the next few months the days will slowly but steadily get longer. … More Moving forwards
(based on a speech I recently gave) Who would love to go the park and play on the swings or go down the slide? Who would love to play with some finger paints? Who would like to build a spaceship out of cardboard boxes or grab some sidewalk chalk and draw? It’s experiences like these … More Taking Playfulness to Heart
So what does playfulness actually mean? Since I have been jabbering on about its wonderful side effects, some of you could very well wonder why I just didn’t start my whole project here by stating its definition. There’s two reasons I didn’t do just that. First I didn’t want to narrow things down, to get … More Being Playful
Gwen Gordon in her article Well Played. The Origins and Future of Playfulness postulates that at a very early age we form a view of the world in one of four ways: World as a Playground, World as a Proving Ground, World as a Battleground, or World as a Prison. Simply put this roughly relates to how optimistic … More Living Playfully: Seeing Your World As A Playground
Melissa Kirk in her article 10 Ways to Make Your Life More Playful has number of suggestions to do exactly that. Number 10 is: Dance. Do it alone, do it with friends, do it with strangers, but just dance. Any style, any place. You can’t dance while also being stressed and worried! Dance is playful. Or … More “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” William W. Purkey
“OK Steve I’ll give this playfulness thing a chance, what exactly do I do?” I’m So glad you asked! 😁 Actually I’m a little hesitant prescribing a set of activities. First off, everyone is different. Secondly there is just a smidgen less than a Gazillion ways to be playful. Fifthly it’s more of … More A Sensibility of Being Silly