Can We Play?

posted April 14th, 2018 by

You know how every so often, you have one of those, ‘I never thought I’d be doing this’ moments? This is one of mine.

See, I’m going to write about computer games. Well, not specifically but I’m going to quote someone who does. I am not, nor have I ever been a ‘gamer,’ so when I came across this article, I almost didn’t read it.

That would have been a mistake.

In his book ‘Play Matters’ Miguel Sicart asks “What do we think about when we think about play? A pastime? Games? Childish activities? The opposite of work?”

He goes on to elaborate further and proposes a theory of play that jumped right off the page at me… “(Play) doesn’t derive from a particular object or activity but is a portable tool for being.”

Stay with me here, I know that’s a lot to take in.

So ‘playing’ is being present in our environment. Living in the moment. Engaging with others. Paying attention to what surrounds us every day. Being ‘woke’ if you’ll allow the slang. That certainly doesn’t sound frivolous to me!

“Play goes beyond games, it’s a mode of being human.”

So go do that. Go be human. Laugh. Take deep breaths of spring air, notice the little things around you and play!  Just take ten minutes and a co-worker with you; the work will still be there when you get back and we propose you will have more energy when you do!