Today my devotional was spot on! As it seems to be almost daily!
The topic today was “please play” and it went on to talk about how important play is among the stress and seriousness of everyday life. It is so true!
I talk about this in my training’s ALL THE TIME, but have a super hard time implementing or practicing the idea in my real life. Which is so sad, so very sad. I read an article once, after one of the mass shootings. That suggested that one thing that most of the instigators of events like this have in common, is their loss of play. Somehow, some way things became all too serious and they weren’t having “fun” anymore.
That really has nothing to do with me, other than I think that the point is interesting. When did things become so serious? Was it at a certain age for me? When I felt like my childhood was behind me and I was in full swing of adulthood? When I got married, had kids, got divorced? I don’t remember the last time that on a regular basis I could just drop everything and “play”. Without thinking of the millions of other things I could be doing or should be doing instead.
It is super embarrassing to admit. I have 6 kids and I can’t manage to find the fun or the play in my life?
I know that this is a problem for me and for some reason it has become very evident and obvious to me in 2018. I am working on taking some steps to rectify it.
There is only so much time in this life. I don’t have to spend all of it washing dishes, doing laundry and paying bills. Sometime, I need to join my kids for a game of basketball and put things on hold to go Pokemon hunting!
Yesterday, Paul and I were at a wedding. Now, I can ALWAYS have a good time at a wedding. Whether we know a ton of people or we are the only ones there. I love to dance and you can find me out on the dance floor all night. Old songs, new songs, fast songs, slow songs…it doesn’t matter to me. I don’t care what I look like or what people are thinking, I am enjoying myself!
Last night the song “One More Time” came on! This song was released in 2001, when I was a senior in college. 17 years ago!! We used to have house parties, yes yes that is right, the girl who can’t even find fun now used to buy the kegs to have house parties and make money nearly every single weekend. Well for some reason, one time during one of these parties in the middle of this song when the beat slows WAY down, I got all the way down on the floor. Then as the beat starts to pick up, slowly I would make my way up off of the floor one arm at a time, my back getting further and further off of the ground just like Bernie in the movie “Weekend at Bernie’s” until the beat was fast again and I was just dancing. My roomies used to ask me to do it every time the song came on after that initial time. It became part of each one of our house parties. I have shared this story with Paul a couple of times and when it came on last night, he grabbed his Mom asked her to video it and pushed me into the middle of a circle of 20 somethings and told me to do my dance. I did it, for the first time in over 15 years. I played and I had fun, I didn’t care what anyone thought of me, I just danced. I danced thinking about how much I used to play.
Then today, my devotion is about playing! Please play it said, find some fun. I will Annie F. Downs, I will.