Wishful play

Careful what you wish for. Because wishes don’t always come true, but wishing takes a lot of time and energy and focus. […] Better to wish for something where the wishing itself is a useful act, one that shifts your attitude and focus.*
(Seth Godin)

When we play, we engage fully and intensely with life and its contents. Play bores through boredom in order to reach the deep truth of ordinary things. […] Play cultivates humility, for it requires us to treat things as they are rather than as we wish them to be.**
(Ian Bogost)

Play needs reality and reality needs play. When we get real we can get playful. Wallace Stevens wrote about this when he described bringing the power of imagination to the pressure of reality.

When we do, things can be changed and we can grow.

Play makes it possible to move beyond thinking and wishing into doing.

*From Seth Godin’s blog: Careful what you wish for;
**From Ian Bogost’s Play Anything.

2 thoughts on “Wishful play

  1. Absolutely, you’ll see that I’ve begun to read Ian Bogost’s Play Anything. This to add to Johan Huizinga’s Homo Ludens and James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games.

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