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The Passion, Power And Purpose Of Playtime

When was the last time you went out to play?

When was the last time you flew a kite, went roller skating, rode your bike through the neighborhood, or challenged a child in your life to a board game?  When was the last time you skipped through a parking lot, hiked the hills with a buddy, or ran through the sprinklers in your underpants?

Now, in certain neighborhoods, privacy factors pending, you might draw the line at the sprinkler idea, but it is my firm belief that JOY is our birthright, and with there being so much joy in playtime, the only conclusion there is to come to, is that playtime is a necessity…which runs  deep, and far beyond our childhood years.

Albert Einstein once said, “Play is the highest form of research.”

I believe so passionately in the power of play that I dedicate an entire chapter in my next book, “LIfe By Heart”, to just that!  Like a child, play is a great way to explore your imagination, decrease stress, stay active, enhance the creative thought process, and increases your ability to learn and retain knowledge.  No kidding, play is serious business.

And when it comes to business, research has shown that companies which stock board rooms and staff lounges with toys, crayons, paper and puzzles have the highest producing employees in the marketplace, along with less sick days, and higher employee moral and retention, while also ranking highest amongst some of the most successful companies on the planet.  One great example is Zappos.  That is one joyful company, with some of the happiest, silliest, most productive people in business; the employees all swear they’ll never leave, and that Zappos has become their home away from home, with the brothers and sisters they never knew they had.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be either a writer or a mermaid when I grew up. 

I might have added “Zappos Employee” had I’d known such a place would exist…

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a playful Spirit. My friend, and well-known ‘Psychic to the Stars’  here in Los Angeles, Cindy Goldenberg, always reminds me of how “yellow” I am.  (No, she’s not referring to jaundice.)  In the Psychic world, the “yellow” she’s referring to, is my aura.

In an article here on JenningsWire, “Aura Colors” that a Yellow Aura is “dynamic, outgoing, charismatic, and ridiculously optimistic; this color likes to play. Child-like and wondrous, their positive attitudes are contagious.”

That’s me, it’s true — but I’m having a human experience here, and life sneaks up on me the same way it can anyone else!   Right?  I’m a writer, an entrepreneur, a mother…life doesn’t grant me any special leniency to keep me employed as an advocate for happiness!

I just know to turn the channel — in my heart, in my mind, and in my environment.  I am well aware of the fact that Joy is always waiting for me.  To feel it, I need to choose it, and to choose it, I need to take action, and claim it.

The kid in you is waiting patiently for permission, so come play, my friend — engage in the highest form of research ever discovered, where your spirit meets your dreams, and your heart and mind both speak the same language, where your laughter heals you, and the energy of incessant Joy awaits you in the light-hearted yellow hue of fun and wonder…

Richard Wagner said, “Joy is not in things; it is in us”, and to that I say, if I am the instruments by which the song of Joy is played, then I will play on…and on!

(Sidewalk chalk, anyone?) 

Elle Febbo is a blogger for JenningsWire, a blogging community created by Annie Jennings.