“It is a happy talent to know how to play.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
In our family we make a point to be playful and silly as much as we can. We laugh a lot. And we make time to play. I am also a huge advocate of using play when teaching kids and especially adults. Play is a powerful tool!
Play can lift a person’s mood. Play relaxes everyone in the room, and eases tension any time things get tense. Play is a great way to remember to not be so serious. Play is also great exercise. We all need a lot of playtime in our lives.
People aren’t the only ones who play. Nature plays, too!
Every once in a while, we are fortunate to get a glimpse into the hidden lives of animals in our homes, and in the wild. When this happens we are surprised how much animal species are like us. They love. They protect. And they play.
Every time I think I know enough about a species, I am given another opportunity to learn something new from a new animal teacher, and see life from another’s perspective.
Today my teacher was a wild coyote (Canis latrans).
Check out this new perspective on the importance of play:
Have you ever seen an animal in nature playing like this?
Do you play?
Please share! I would love to hear your favorite play stories!
We do not quit playing because we grow old; we grow old because we quit playing.― Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.