I have so many post drafts and manuscripts and pdf’s in progress and awaiting my attention. And yet…I started a new one this morning. Wait! 2 new ones! Y’all I think I’ve got a problem 🙂 I have more fun playing with ideas than I do actually working on ideas. I think play may be getting in the way of my progress.
But then I think back to my son who over the weekend tried to start seven different projects in succession only to leave all of them half completed as soon as he thought of a new idea. I watched him playfully and joyfully engage his creativity over and over and over again until he discovered just the right project that was energy efficient and also interesting enough to him to finish.
I realized that maybe the way I do things is alright. What’s wrong with believing in your potential dreams so much that you must immediately serve them when they pop up in your mind? What’s wrong with serving those juicy new ideas until they are half-real and you understand what they will be like in ‘reality’? What’s so wrong with leaving things in the ‘in progress’ stage because the energy it will take to see them through to the end is more than you have at the moment?
So in fact, I think I’m fine with all of my in progress stuff being left on the shelf for another day or maybe even permanently. After all, if I did see all of those partial things through, I’d never get around to posting this one.
With a ton on my plate this week, it’s no surprise that I’m still looking around for new ways to use my energy. Play is a necessary part of the balance, y’all!
Being a grown up doesn’t mean not playing. It just means knowing how to prioritize things so you get your ‘chores’ done before you play. And by playing, I’m referring specifically to the type of creative play that Martha Beck talks about in her post on Oprah.com– that is creative exploration, not numbing out by drinking at the beach or zoning out with a TV series binge. There’s a place for that in life too, its just not called play.
Here’s hoping you have lots of time to play today and that you choose to do it with wreck-less abandon!