Have a playful new year

Most important is the [Chinese] word wan, in which ideas of children’s games predominate, but extending its semantic range to the following special meanings: to be busy, to enjoy something, to trifle, to romp, to jest, to crack jokes, to make mock of […] the semantic starting point would seem to be “handling something with playful attention”, or to be “lightly engrossed”.*
(Johan Huizinga)

Live from day to day, just from day to day […] surrender completely to the moments as they pass [and] live more richly the moments.**
(Anne Morrow Lindbergh)

To the hurry, add slowness,
To the noise, silence,
In the crowdedness, find solitude,
May your computers live alongside
Inky pens and journals,
May life’s lists of words
Have doodles and pictures added,
Let deep listening
Accompany all the posting.
And when seriousness threatens,
Play, play, play.

It’s that time of year when we try to take a new direction, to fill the year differently.

We think we must take it all very seriously if we are to succeed, but our greatest aid is our playfulness.

Make it a game, a game to explore and include all of who you are for as long as possible, and when the rules you began with threaten to exclude you or bring the game to an early close, change the rules.

And, wherever possible, play with others.

(*From Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens.)
(**Anne Morrow Lindbergh, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)

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