“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” ~ Abraham Maslow
“Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” Heraclitus
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato
The most joyfully content, most creative people I have known in Life are those that know how to keep their inner child alive by making the time to play. More often than naught today, it is the Artist, whatever their medium, that reminds others who have lost this knack in the process of becoming an adult of how vital playfulness truly is to each of us. Through our creations we invite those lost in the cold weariness of maturity back into the vibrant happy world colored by the wisdom of our youth. In many ways, how we play and how we view the importance of this activity defines who we are on a daily basis.
I love to watch and listen to children at play, because they have yet to convince themselves that grown ups just don’t do such things. The sounds of laughter, running feet, the creak of a swing, the whispered plans of pirates, the kind decrees of young queens hosting a tea party… these are an artform all their own, wild as the winds and old as the seabed. I encourage you today to pick up your favorite toys, and make a playdate with your inner child. Follow the example of these sages of the playground. Who knows what inspiration you may find, what shadows you may snake-like shed, what new worlds you may discover?
wishing you laughter
“Ritual grew up in sacred play; poetry was born in play and nourished on play; music and dancing were pure play…. We have to conclude, therefore, that civilization is, in its earliest phases, played. It does not come from play…it arises in and as play, and never leaves it.” Johan Huizing
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw