Take time to play. Make time to play. I actually pondered over the title for a few minutes! Are we creating extra time as in Make time to play or just seizing some of the existing time, as in Take Time To Play? I should confess. I tend to be a workaholic. Most of the time, I am thinking about work, planning to do work, working on something that will eventually be work. It’s the way I am wired I have been this way for a long time. Luckily, my blogging job is playful. I am able to spend time doing some things that bring me creative joy. Photographing, writing, working on projects, those are play for me. My other job is an office management job for the family business. Dry and not very creative. The most joy I get from the job is when it is over for the day! That is the job I do so we can live. But my blogging, and photography and creative work are things I do so that there more. More joy, more life, more insight. Taking my camera and just shooting pics for a couple of hours on a beautiful day and then editing those pictures is one way that I play. Sometimes, a small scrap of fabric or trim will stimulate a thought and I will create a small snippet of something for a trim on a package. What ever it is, it is important to sometimes take the time and play.
As homesteaders, we know that the work never truly ends. That would be terrible. It would mean life ended. So, it is even more important to Take Time to Play. Seize the time even if it’s just twenty minutes. Carve it out of the daily chores. The chores will still get done. But your heart needs some time too.
What works for you? Taking a walk and having no where to go? Window shopping, drawing, calling a friend to laugh over a shared experience, having a tea party with a young child. The possibilities are endless. Can you take some time this week and just let it all go and play for a while? I promise you it will be good for your heart.
Ann Marie mones says
Very good reminder: Take Time To Play. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the daily grind of commute, work, commute, chores, at least for me. One of my favorite “play” times is in the garden, or anything garden related. That means now in the cold weather I will map out the garden, sort through my seeds, and scour the seed catalogs, and of course order more seeds as I always need more seeds. It’s also a good time to knit and crochet, and sort through my yarn supplies. My most important play time is year ’round, when I play with my 2 cockatiels every day. If I take no other time to play, they are always a source of clam, relaxation, fun, and love.
Janet Garman says
Very important to take time to connect with what makes us unique. Especially when working a job out of the home. I am glad you are setting some priorities.
Making time for all my hobbies has become a priority for me these days. Knitting, sewing, restoring a vintage loom to weave and I am gathering supplies to start drawing / sketching again – watercolors, etc…
Loved this post Janet :)!
Janet Garman says
Thanks Pamela. We are thinking along the same line.
I really need to make/take time to play. I let the hustle and bustle of life, family and responsibilities stress me way to much. Now I just need to take time to figure out a hobby! LOL Thanks for sharing at the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog hop!
Janet Garman says
Thank you! Love the new hop!
Heidi @ PintSizeFarm says
My kids help with that! Thanks for submitting it to the HomeAcre Blog Hop. Feel free to stop by again this week at http://www.PintSizeFarm.com or one of the other hosts and submit another 🙂