Playing with our words

All types of skill teach us the same deep truth: that the more we can immerse ourselves into the forces of play the more freedoms we have.*
(Bill Sharpe)

She had to increase her attention to detail in order to play, which runs counter to our ordinary conception of play as a release of attention and responsibility.**
(Ian Bogost)

I am making a list of my favourite words and some key texts containing them.

Life isn’t about knowing lots of impressive words, nor being called by them in the form of titles.

It isn’t about knowing them with our minds. Primarily, the richest life is experienced knowing and living our important words at a heart level.

A smaller vocabulary operating at a heart level can be more powerful than a larger list at a cerebral level. And such a person will be on the lookout for new words to add that will help them develop what fascinates them most and they long to develop.

Why not try it out for yourself?

Create a list of you favourite words and texts, and make time to reflect on what they are trying to tell you.

One or two a day will soon build up. Noticing how these words are important to you will heighten both your attention and imagination all the way through to doing something exceptional with them.

You may have guessed that Play(fulness) is on my list.

Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.^

*From Bill Sharpe’s Three Horizons;
**From Ian Bogost’s Play Anything, referring to his young daughter making a game out of not stepping on the cracks between tiles when visiting a mall;
^Mary Oliver, quoted in Rob walker’s The Art of Noticing.

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