Just a couple weeks ago, I woke to a haze of smoke that blanketed my town of Whitefish. For weeks we have been hearing about fires – to the south of us – to the north of us. Yes, we have had days of smokey skies and very poor air quality. Then, suddenly everything started moving closer. Parts of Glacier National Park and Lake MacDonald Lodge were be evacuated! That’s close!
Next our little town and Flathead Valley faced a school closure due to the threat of an attack on people’s children. Apparently due to a cyberattack of some sort that resulted and parents and children getting very graphic and threatening messages. After three days of school closures, games and events being canceled there still isn’t certainty as to where the threat was coming from.
This is just what has been happening in Whitefish – I haven’t even mentioned reading the national news headlines!
Damn – I say – this is crazy!! Floods, hurricanes – fires and mother earth’s fury – plus crazy stuff like cyberattacks, white supremest and a President who regularly sends out insane tweets, talks smack and threats at the UN, really?!
What is happening? Chaos and what can seem like a definite message to stop, pause and ….. wait for it…
Yes, I bet you didn’t think that was coming.
But really – I wonder if a little more play, joy and pleasure wouldn’t be the best remedy for us all.
I get it. Life as we know it is spooking us!
We could wrestle with the reality or not – of climate change. We could fight about healthcare, building walls or disarming North Korea. But really wrestling with any one of these big issues s with the intent to determine right and wrong – seems like it just ain’t working.
Don’t get me wrong – I believe in climate change. I think we owe Mother Earth a major shift in our attitude and actions, but I’m not into proving that point. I will recycle. Ride my bike when I can. I participate and vote for measures that support recycling, science and alternative energy!
I also don’t intend to stop speaking up when I think someone is being a bully – making statements that seem cruel, mean or frankly racist, sexist or just ignorant! But I am not interested in fighting about it.
Instead, I think our best path is to play.
Over and over in nature, there are signs that when under attack – especially a vicious attack – the best answer is to engage in play.
Stuart Brown did a Ted Talk on this very message. One piece was a video clip of a hungry polar bear coming for lunch where there were sled dog huskies chained up. Those huskies knew they were going to be the polar bear’s lunch, but what happened instead was amazing. One female husky did a classic play bow and the polar bear’s whole being shifted. Instead of a meal the two had a play date! Now the polar bear makes an annual trip to play with the pups!
I know, when you are feeling under attack or you are facing threat and fear – the last thing that comes naturally is to rollover and play.
But maybe we need to get back in touch with our joy, our innocence and remember play can be just as important and life changing as any work, spiritual seeking or political activism.
What can you do to add a little play and joy to your day? How can you invite and encourage others to join in!
Don’t leave you work behind just add more play into your day and notice the results. Let me know how it goes!
P.S. Need some help playing, give me a call. I’m happy to help.