We live in a serious world. For too many of us, work is competitively cut-throat, social expectations are high. Religion is solemn and our "recreation" is largely of the spectator variety. If this isn't enough, we project our sucess-driven and labor-based ethic onto children, pressuring them-albeit inadvertently-to learn, achieve, and succeed almost from infancy. Is it any wonder we become bored, tired, and frustrated by life and our children become candidates for depression at a early age?
Why do we live this way? Is it perhaps because we've forgotten the importance of play? We stake too much of our personal value ans dignity on what we do and accomplish. We overorganize and overanalyze our lives. In the process we forget that life is a gift as well as a task. If we are going to enjoy this gift and truly live our lives, we'd best learn to play authentically once again...
So onto Play Therapy....
Childhood is life's first gift. Whatever your age, acknowledge your child within.
Play is the birthright of your child within. Do it often to know discovery, wonderment and delight.
Let your child within run free. A child kept from play is an abused child..
It is OK to play and be happy. In the beginning, God played with infinite possibilities- including you- and it was good..
Remember: you have intrinsic value and goodness. You don't have to prove it by ceaseless productivity.
Give quality time and fresh energy to play. Play shouldn't be an afterthought.
Be spontaneous. Though risky, it opens up a world of exciting possibilities.
Get out of doors everyday. A feild of dreams awaits you.
Let the wind blow in your face; breathe deeply. The wind's caress will re-create you.
Be flexible. Letting go of plans and schedules will bring a treasure of new experiences to your door.
Befriend people who bring out the playful side of you. They are a gift beyond measure..
Give free play to your imagination. Creativity is what makes you human.
Dance, skip, get pysical! You were designed to live in the body, not just the head.
Play with obstacles, don't go around them. The challenge will draw out your full potential.
Think of play as a preview of Paradise: time disappears, self-consciousness shrinks, and fulfillment prevails.
Creating a richer, fuller life is child's play. It is *never* too late to have a happy childhood!!!