“Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and some pure foolishness.” ~ May Sarton, Journal of a Solitude …
Our happiness in life requires us in part to be both conscious of the lives that we are forging, as well as to balance our discipline and hard work with play, silliness, and fun so that we do not end up taking ourselves too seriously. The key here is that we find balance in our approach to life: if we become too serious and disciplined we might fail to enjoy the journey we are on, but on the other hand, if we become too dependent on fun and foolishness we might find it impossible to contribute in positive ways to this world of ours.
I know that I have work to get done today, and I need to take that work seriously. And yet I also have the ability to keep an open mind today and allow myself to entertain other ideas, thoughts, and opinions–permitting them a portion of my focus. By doing such, I remain open to those moments of levity and enjoyment in my life which allows my authentic creativity and joy to move freely throughout my being.
What an incredible opportunity we have before us–that our today shall be whatever we make of it. But we must be careful, for without a healthy balance between discipline and play, we are placing restrictions and limitations on where our hearts, minds, and souls can exist, and our lives will always come up short of being truly creative efforts.
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 Gustav Jung, Collected Works of C.G. Jung