On your desk you find a gift box. The box has a label on it. It says “Contents: Productivity, Creativity, Energy, Emotional Health, Stress Relief, Memory, Better Relationships, Trust”. Then you notice warning labels on the box. Emblazoned in red are labels that say: “Unproductive, Waste of Time, Childish, Frivolous, Lazy, Useless, Worthless”.
As you compare the labels, you find out that the warning labels were put on by your boss, your friends, and your family. Would you heed the red warning labels and return the gift unopened or would you open the gift and claim the contents?
If you opened the box, you would find inside a permission slip that says: “You have permission to play.”
“Play” is different for different people. Play is really a state of mind. It’s how you think about whatever activity you are doing that makes it “play” or not. Generally,...