Play is a divine gift from a goofy goddess. It is the thing that engages us and makes us happy. If it doesn't make us happy we are probably not playing.
A talented artist said to me. "I sometimes forget the playing." She was expressing how we fall asleep to the fun of now. The Funnymiracle of what we are engaged in. We can't actually enjoy something once it's done because that moment of completion is so brief. Shortly we are off to something else, that we think will make us happy when we are finished with it.
I procrastinate to delay failure. Sometimes I get tired of the anticipation of failure and just go ahead and play with it. Sometimes I fail. Sometimes I fail and pull it from the fire. Sometimes it turns out better than I could have thought. In order to be creative we must be playful. In order to be playful we must feel safe. In order to be safe we must we must neutralize the fear of judgement, however briefly. No matter what, play is a joyous release from the burden of fear. A weight that holds me to the past and steals my present.
"You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past," writes teen novelist Jay Asher. "The only way to learn the secret... is to press play."
Buddha said his teachings were like a finger pointing to the moon. I thought that it was "Words are fingers pointing to the moon." I sort of knew that. 'Its like a finger pointing away to the moon. Don't concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.' Bruce Lee
May there be peace within. May you trust you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.