First published in Eydis Magazine on May 1, 2017
https://issuu.com/eydismedia/docs/eydis_may_issue_kathleen_seeley_ind/52 We are all so busy working, trying to get ahead, spending time running our households and our lives that we often forget the importance of fun in our lives. The gift of a simple pleasure can go a long way in adding joy to our days and to our lives.
Now that the days are longer and the weather warmer, it’s natural to want to get outside and play. Are you ready for a little play, a little fun in your busy day, dear one?
When was the last time you enjoyed a childhood favorite past time? If it has been far too long or you can’t remember that far back it is definitely time to sneak in a little fun into your day. Even a few minutes of fun, can change the trajectory of your day. This self-care not only benefits you, it benefits all of those you encounter during the course of your day. Fun is contagious.
What did you love to do as a child? It is a good indication of what you could do to incorporate more fun and joy into your life today.
Did you love to dress up, color, explore nature, paint…? Inside us all is a five-year-old child; our inner child who is aching to have some fun. Perhaps you, like I, neglected that inner child for far too long while trying to be a “responsible adult.” Have you felt the need to “lighten up” and enjoy your life recently? If so, this article is just for you.
Here is your invitation today, beautiful one, to enjoy something that tickles your heart and brings childlike joy to you.
I love to go to the park and swing. In fact, just yesterday while on my daily walk with my dog, we stopped at the park and I enjoyed a good swing. I used to be so self-conscious about it, wondering what others would think. Now, I delight in the feeling of creating so much JOY. Maybe my sense of freedom and wonder in the act will motivate another to go for it also.
I have fond childhood memories of my Mom reading me “The Swing” from Robert Louis Stevenson’s “A Child’s Garden of Verses” and love to think about those words as I swing. Here is his poem below. Perhaps, you too know this poem and delight in it.
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing ,
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside—
Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown—
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!
Robert Louis Stevenson
What little thing can you do today to delight your heart and bring more FUN into your day? Here’s your permission slip to do just that, beautiful one. Here’s to you on a journey of healing love. Here’s to you incorporating more fun into your day and into your life.
This article is based on my book “On a Path of Joy”, Volume Two, Day 11. You can find more information here http://bit.ly/2OAPOJbook on ways to seek more joy.