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.
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.