"Be a fundamentalist, make sure fun always comes before the mental."
- Swami Beyondananda
TGI Spring! To celebrate I share with you one of my favorite essays. A beautiful reminder to enjoy today.
"When I look at a patch of dandelions, I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard. My kids see flowers for Mom and blowing white fluff you can wish on.
When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me, I see a smelly, dirty person who probably wants money and I look away. My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back.
When I hear music I love, I know I can't carry a tune and don't have much rhythm so I sit self-consciously and listen. My kids feel the beat and move to it. They sing out the words. If they don't know them, they make up their own.
When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it. I feel it messing up my hair and pulling me back when I walk. My kids close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with it, until they fall to the ground laughing.
When I pray, I say thee and thou and grant me this, give me that. My kids say, "Hi God! Thanks for my toys and my friends. Please keep the bad dreams away tonight. Sorry, I don't want to go to Heaven yet. I would miss my Mommy and Daddy."
When I see a mud puddle I step around it. I see muddy shoes and dirty carpets. My kids sit in it. They see dams to build, rivers to cross, and worms to play with.
I wonder if we are given kids to teach or to learn from? No wonder God loves the little children!
Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
I wish you Big Mud Puddles and Sunny Yellow Dandelions!!!"
- Author Unknown
Photo by June Admiraal on Unsplash
What is play? Ask the children. They’ll tell you that play is anything that is fun! It does not matter what it is. If you enjoy it, if it leaves you smiling and feeling emotionally energized, it is play.
Lighten up. What does play look like for you? Fun and laughter? Smiles and song? Jokes and kidding around? Life doesn’t all have to be so serious.
Nor does play have to be a conscious effort. It can be the funny comment that lightens a heavy and serious atmosphere.
Allow yourself to play. Give yourself the gift of fun! Don’t get caught up in ‘seriousity’ for too long.
Think of this life as Soul Games.
photo from Unsplash
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”
— Dr. Seuss
"If Laughter cannot solve your problems, it will definitely DISSOLVE your problems; so that you can think clearly what to do about them."
– Dr. Madan Kataria
"He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast."
— Proverbs 15:15
Buddhadoodles.com Molly Hahn
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What are you waiting for? Laugh already!
“The world is in serious condition largely due to our conditioning to be serious. Seriously.”
"Realize that life is a situation comedy that will never be cancelled. A laugh track has been provided and the reason why we are put in the material world is to get more material."
― Swami Beyondananda
comic by Leigh Rubin, Rubes Cartoons
“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things."