To me, it highlighted the importance of play. Especially when life sucks. And more so when we're leading the charge. Play unlocks the joy of simply being alive. Even when we have very little, or are oppressed, depressed, or stressed, play works wonders. Play draws us to our center.
The second part of play (and equally as important!) for me is to reflect on how I've played. To remember it. To hold an image of what it means to play. To feel joy. Because, according to the neuroscience folks, simply remembering a playful or joyful time lets your brain chemistry re-live it again!* Even listening (or viewing, in the case of our previous Presidents) to someone else's story of play gives us the same neuro transmitter boost. We
I've written about play before. So, consider this is a gentle reminder in the midst of a remarkable year.
Yesterday, along with two buddies, I wrapped up "The Seven Summit County Summits in One Summer Season." Of the 54 or so 14,000 foot high peaks in Colorado, seven of them are in my county and I got on top of them all this year. I love the views connecting the dots between the different mountain ranges. The lung pain and light headedness on the ascent. The sore feet and knees on the descent. I love it all. I'm stiff today and I love that too. I feel alive. And, that's how I find joy. How about you?
(*Cue up Simon Sinek's "Leaders Eat Last")