1. What one thing did you do better today?
Perfect for Friday and a smooth sailing to the weekend ahead – I consciously decided to spend all my evening activities on rest + play. Whatever I end up doing, I will try to not aim for any practical purpose or productive consequence, just joy. Ideas are – play pool or puzzles or some social games (remember twister? Or games we used to play outside, on the street, when all we needed was either a stick or a chalk or even nothing?) either at home or somewhere in natural shade, maybe dance anywhere or order a special drink to celebrate life. Am I overplanning already? I am certainly looking forward to doing something out of the box and just have fun.

2. Has doing so made you or someone else feel better?
Me! And I am sure some great company will come along.

3. Has it brought any new realisations?
Way too often I completely forget about the meditative bliss play creates. One of many Brene Brown’s amazing quotes says “It takes courage to say yes to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol.” I can certainly say for myself this is completely true. Or at least it used to be. I used to get stressed and anxious when not working or being productive for a longer period of time (meaning: a few hours). However today, I had a super early morning so spending an evening being playful is well deserved. Or let me put it differently as “deserving” it sounds like I need an excuse or a reason to do so. It is what I want to do, it is certainly something that does not come easily for me and so it is what I shall do. In a recent Atelier Dore feature on slow living Veronica McCarthy asks “Remember when the recess bell would ring and you would sprint full tilt towards the playground to do nothing but play?” I agree with her – the enthusiasm for doing nothing of consequence is currently missing in a lot of adult lives. Also I think there is a big difference between doing nothing and being playful. I also believe we should follow children’s exemplary state of mind on the importance of play more often. So here’s to a playful Friday evening. What is your favourite way of play time?