This blog has been suffering from a bit of neglect recently. It's odd because I am experiencing a lot of insights and breakthroughs, but I don't want to be repetitive to messages in earlier posts.
Then again, this is NOT rocket science and the basics are the basics.
I am traveling right now, doing research for a book in New Mexico. Solo travel is a great time to play with new ideas and be spontaneous. And it is a great time to observe our natural behavioral tendencies.
Here's my theory. If you are uptight, you will be uptight at a Zen retreat too. So instead of waisting your money going to a Zen retreat, you might first want to solve the issue of being uptight.
Do you know if you are uptight? That's an interesting question. Perhaps many people don't know that they have a behavioral tendency that is likely getting in the way of their success and happiness.
Some business schools and awful shows like Trump's Apprentice (the WORST role models) promote and give kudos for uptightness and other over the top styles. This is too bad because young people are looking for role models and I don't see many great ones in the news. There are more stories about corruption and poor behavior than genuine success stories, that's for sure. And even some of the bad stories are enticing. Some of these guys will get out of jail and still be millionaires. They will also likely get a big book deal for a tell all book - advance in the seven figures.
What's my point, I am rambling a bit.
I am coming to really appreciate moments of play. Real play, not the stuff that's supposed to be play but then our uptight selves overmanages it and it becomes just another task. Play. Whatever play looks like to you. To super-geeks, play will look totally different than to non-geeks.
A little play goes a long way.
Take two minutes to play and call me in the morning.
The play must go on.
We can't be both uptight and in genuine play. Think about that. Chances are that you have some neurotic behavioral way about you - we all do. But I think that it goes away when we engage in play.
And play open up parts of our brain that get lonely when we are uptight. Breakthroughs will happen because new thoughts are possible.
How will you play today?