The Importance of Play
We’re in my hometown of Ithaca for three weeks because Matt’s in Oakland for four. He’s got a trial there starting next week, and right now he’s hunkered down in a conference room, ordering meals in. And while he works, we play.
And I used to feel guilty about that, thinking my time would be better spent being efficient, until our priest spoke about the importance of play. He said it’s through play that you celebrate life, that you honor it. Because it is through play you become an active participant in your life.
Because life isn’t about the drudgery or the passivity of a repetitive task; it’s about curiosity. God gives each of us gifts. And it’s through play we discover what they are.
By building tunnels. By learning how to play an instrument. By reading a book.
Play leads us to our passions. Which are what keep us alive in spite of it all.
What have you discovered about yourself through play?
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