22 Dec Freedom to Play | Dec 2015
Freedom to Play
The Freedom to Play is a gift that you give yourself.
It is also the most important freedom that you can have.
I’m writing this blog to celebrate a milestone in creative thinking: I just finished my 66th journal (in December 2015). This represents a stack of journals almost three feet high (or one meter, if you prefer).
The next day I started Journal #67. And I began by writing “The Freedom to Play” on the first page.
I do that to remind myself that writing in a journal is actually play.
Play, you may know, is a special process where we tinker in a realm that is free of expectations, judgments, and criticism.
Then we become fully engaged in the moment, detached from everything around us.
So when I write in a journal, I let go of trying to accomplish anything. I just watch words appear as my pen moves on the page.
As a result, magic often happens.
I may find an idea. I may solve a puzzle. I may write a poem.
I posted some samples here: Poems
By the way, the Cassin’s Kingbird was playing with this bit of a cracker. The bird tossed the piece in the air, caught it, and tossed it again.
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Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.
Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation