Work Hard. But Play Harder!

by Dr. Christopher on November 22, 2010

Art is older than production for us, and play older than work.  Man was shaped less by what he had to do than by what he did in playful moments.  It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness.  ~Eric Hoffer

Monkeying Around - Courtesy of Tambako the Jaguar

 Do you remember the childhood excitement of getting gifts and toys around the holidays?  You couldn’t wait to get the toy out of the box and start playing.  Or you couldn’t wait until you got off of the bus after school and run around with your friends outside.  When is the last time you felt that type of excitement from playing? 

At some point in our lives, we lose sight of the things that truly matter.  We get caught up in grind, waking up to an alarm clock, cruising on autopilot as we go to work, finally to come home where we sit, in a trancelike state in front of the television.  Days, months, years pass by. 

You think to yourself, “Where did time go?”

Maybe you think that you’re too old for shenanigans, that you have too much work to do, or that playing is childish.  Don’t be fooled.  Play is a vital part to the health of ourselves and our relationships.

Don’t let your ego, more commonly known as the “Fun Police,” get you.   The Fun Police will say “Whoa buddy!  You’re having too much fun here.  You better scale it back or people are going to judge you for that.”         

But if a 95-year young man can put himself in his great grandchild’s imaginary world, playing “Pirates” or “Cops and Robbers” or “House”, with a gigantic smile across his face … that teaches us something.  He made it to 95 years with a smile for a reason.         

The excitement of child-like play is still in you.  

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. ~George Bernard Shaw          

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The Only 4 Exercises You’ll Ever Need

by Dr. Christopher on August 9, 2010

Babies squat. But when you don't use it, you lose it.

Our time is precious.  We spend time doing things either because we enjoy them in the process, or because we fulfill some purpose out of the process. 

Do you enjoy exercise?  All the power to you.  Keep it up.  

Do you exercise for some specific purpose other than enjoying the act of exercising itself?  Well, then I’m going to make exercise a whole lot easier for you and save you some time! 

If exercise were a job, the least effective movements would make you pennies.  You’d spend a lot more time getting minimal results.  Not these … they’ll make you rich! [click to continue…]


Sweeping the Street: A Lesson From a Crazy, Old, Polish Lady

June 13, 2010

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.  ~ Plato My grandmother is from Poland, right off the boat at age 14.  In our family, we call her “Babci,” Polish for “grandmother.”  She wore what looked like a reverse-skunk look (you […]

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