Card of the Month:
Bronze God (May 2013)
Key idea, Play
“Exercise, go to a movie, and take your family out on a picnic. Don't be so serious about yourself or your work. If you squelch your need to play, you may lose all your creativity. The message here is to take a break, relax, and get back in touch with your playful self,” (Tori Hartman).
“The National Institute for Play is a 501c(3) non-profit public benefit corporation committed to bringing the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life. It is gathering research from diverse play scientists and practitioners, initiating projects to expand the clinical scientific knowledge of human play and translating this emerging body of knowledge into programs and resources which deliver the transformative power of play to all segments of society,”
So, what have you done for fun this week? How have you spent time relaxing, day dreaming or being playful? What activities come to mind when you think of the word “play?”?
As we have seen, Darnel, the protagonist in the bronze god fable, got into trouble when he increased his responsibilities to others at the expense of his own needs.
More specifically, losing his father at a young age meant that he focused on keeping the family together, making a living and taking on some pretty adult roles very early.
Pretty admirable. But in all of this, Darnel began taking himself pretty seriously, and he poopooed and squashed a
child’s need to simply hang out with friends, spend time in the park and just play.
Not surprising in this society where the work ethic is so strong and not surprising in Darnel’scase when the circumstances were so dire.
And yet, it goes without saying that that sense of play has all kinds of benefits—from increasing our creativity, helping us recharge and teaching us to get out of our way without taking ourselves too seriously. Further, whether it’s just relaxing at a movie, playing board or computer games or going to the park to let loose on a swing or a slide, play—either by ourselves or with friends—can just be a source of just plain fun.
As the second quote above reminds us in an unusually interesting way, even scientists are starting to highlight the rewards and benefits of play.
So, what have you done for fun this week? How have you spent time relaxing, day dreaming or being playful? What
activities come to mind when you think of the word “play?”
How might more“play” in your life be of benefit to you or simply provide a source of fun? ?