“Letting your mind play is the best way to solve problems,” Bill Watterson. This is one of those quick snippets to remind us that we are on the right track. After yesterday’s post about looking foolish and remembering how to play, this is a perfect reminder that there is purpose in play. All of life is an experiment and we learn how it works through trying things. I know I sat on the sideline waiting for permission for a lot of things but I would always get excited in biology or physics when we were experimenting. It didn’t occur to me until many years later that all we do in life is an experiment. We are trying to see what works for us. We are each our own set of variables and we have to see what applies and what doesn’t.
Sometimes we have to remember that the problem isn’t the problem—the way we think about it is. How we approach something makes all the difference in the world. We can look at it all as a big game where we learn something or we can let it weigh us down. I choose the former. I’m not a pro at this by any means—I still have a lot to learn. But I will tell you that shifting that perspective where I know the possibility that something challenging is teaching me something great has made all the difference. It takes the pressure off and it helps me see possibilities when it feels like there aren’t any. So ask yourself how you can play today. Find a way to make life fun. THAT is the point.