One of my dear friends and I were talking about how serious we become through the years. Of course, it isn't surprising. We have heavy responsibilities that are serious and call forth our practical, intense selves. That's as it should be if we are to be responsible adults—parents, employees, citizens.
But does it have to be either/or? Do we have to be so responsible that we forget how to play? I don't believe it.
Play can unleash our creativity. It can open our hearts to our more generous and loving selves. It just may erupt in joy and delight. Just watch little children at play for a while. You will notice all the joy and delight. You will also see how creative they become as they engage wholeheartedly in play.
Perhaps we could try to recapture some of that as we mature. There's nothing wrong with getting in touch with wonder and delight once again!