All Work And No Play

“Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and pure foolishness.” – May Sarton

What May is saying here is that we have to be conscious of the lives that we are forging, and balance our discipline and hard work with play, silliness, and fun, so that we do not end up taking ourselves too seriously. The key part of this is that we find balance in our approach to life. If we become too serious and disciplined, we fail to enjoy the journey we are on in life. On the other hand, if we become too dependent upon fun and foolishness, we may find it impossible to contribute in a positive way to this world of ours.

I have work to get done today, and I need to take that work seriously. I also have the ability to keep an open mind today, and allow other ideas, opinions, and thoughts a portion of my focus. And by doing such, I remain open to moments of levity and enjoyment, to creativity and joy.

If we fail to find this balance in our lives, then our lives cannot be creative efforts. What an amazing responsibility we each have–to live each day as “a conscious creation.” And what an incredible opportunity this is for each of us–that our today shall be whatever we make of it.

Find a happy balance of discipline and play today.

Questions to consider:

Why do we so often see moments of play and foolishness as negative things?

What kinds of foolish things can you do to actually make your day more bearable and more productive?

What do you think that May means when she says that each day is a “conscious creation?”

For further thought:

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” – Carl Jung

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