Here’s how I play

What a fun month! We’ve been talking about the role of play, as both a team-building strategy and an individual choice . We also met the Pied Piper of Play and heard his wonderful suggestions.

You’ve told me you’re curious about the questions I ask and the books I read, so I figured you’d also want to hear about what I do for fun. Here goes:

1) I burn rubber – Sometimes I jump into my ’84 Corvette with the top down and I just drive. Yes, I’m 51 years old, but with that music blaring and those wheels squealing, I feel just like I’m 21 again.

2) I play fetch – My two Labrador retrievers love to play ball, so at least twice a day I take them out to the backyard and toss it around with them. Not only do they have a great time and get their exercise, but their fun is contagious and my heart gets lighter every minute we spend out there.

3) I visit a land far, far away – Whether it’s a fairy tale spoof like Princess Bride, or an action trilogy like Bourne, when I lose myself in a movie I feel miles away from anything serious or stressful.

So what will YOU do to bring more play into your life and your work this summer? I guarantee that once you feel the benefits, you won’t be ready to give up the fun in the fall.

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J. Val Hastings

J. Val Hastings, MCC, is the Founder and President of Coaching4Clergy, which provides specialized training for pastors, church leaders and coaches. Val is the author of the book The Next Great Awakening: How to Empower God’s People with a Coach Approach to Ministry and the e-book The E3-Church: Empowered, Effective and Entrepreneurial Leadership That Will Keep Your Church Alive. Val currently holds the designation of Master Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, the highest coaching designation.

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