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Staying Mum. The Beauty Of Play.

May 9, 2010

The game of life can seem all to serious all too often so it is great to find the time to stop and really play for a while.  Granted that this is not easy, especially when you are either working long hours to pay the bills or not working at all due to sickness or lack of opportunity.  

My lack of playtime is usually due to the massively high workload that I set for myself, the goals that I want to reach and  my love of a ridiculously short  timeline. All too often I collapse on the sofa and lay back worrying what the impact of trying to grow a business will have on my children – the realization that the most gung-ho productive years of my working life are happening slap-bang in the middle of my babies childhood.  What will they remember of their mum?  Busy, disorganised and erratic?  The phone interrupting a bedtime story? The late pick-up from the airport, the early drop off at the train station? Probably, but I am also hoping that they remember the times when I let them camp out in the lounge for a whole week, the times when we photographed ourselves posing on the trampoline, when we rode our bikes to the coffee shop and back on a Sunday, held a jamming session in the garden  or  jumped over the waves as they broke onto the beach…..  

Sometimes you just have to go with the flow

Playing feels good, it gives you the opportunity to stop thinking and worrying about the past or future and start living in the present – a beautiful place to be. It can create a little space in an over-crowded brain and bring clarity were there was fog.  Playing can be as simple as chopping up your veggies into fancy shapes or as complex as a game of chess or a make-believe pirate adventure with the kids.  My play usually involves a bike ride, bush walk or visit to a museum but really anything goes.  

So if you are feeling a little overwhelmed, angry or out-of-control this mothers day challenge that temptation to suck it up and keep on going.  Stop, look around and see if you can find a little something to get your playful teeth into, even if it is only for an hour.  I guarantee it will be the most beautiful thing you do all day!  

I’m off to play on the trampoline!  

Play time on the trampoline

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