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Play Keeps the Magic In Life

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For adults who may not have had a playful childhood or have merely forgotten what it was like, I encourage you to explore and try to imitate childhood enthusiasm. Find or explore new hobbies and activities. If you can’t think of one, experiment… that’s what kids do all the time.

Move away from the TV, computer and video games and get involved. Electronic screens are two-dimensional and aren’t interactive. You’re not using most of your senses. You’re not creating. You need to use all of you to experience all of you! If you truly looked at your day you’d be surprised at how much of your day is wasted doing non-crucial things.

The average person in North America watches five hours of TV each day. Look at the time you may waste by moving a little slower on a task or between tasks. Do you ever notice how fast you get something done if you have to be somewhere at a certain time? Tighten up your day to shave off a few minutes to create something new. I guarantee you can find 30 minutes each day to do something unique and fun. If you can’t find it, you aren’t looking hard enough.

I think instead of asking people, “Hi, what do you do?” it should be, “What do you love to do?” And, everyone should have an answer to this: “I’m really passionate about…”

What do you enjoy so much that you could get up an hour earlier than you already do because you’re excited about doing it? When was the last time you woke up early because you wanted to and not because you had to? Just because you were excited about doing something unique?

Don’t worry about succeeding. When you see children playing, they very seldom know how well they are creating. They’re too busy playing and exploring. They aren’t measuring their success. Playing is an exploration ‘in doing’ and being in the moment. Learn to play well alone but don’t forget to play with others. Play with your kids, play with your spouse, or play with your friends. Find your passion and create more.

Learn to play. It will add a spark of magic that will light up your life.

Dr. Lalit Chawla, MD, CCFP, FCFP, is a highly sought after international speaker, family physician in Chatham, Ontario, and an adjunct professor at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in London, Ontario.


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