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Bernard L. De Koven
Where there is play there is poetry, where there is fun there is grace, where there is laughter there is truth.
Maybe it's possible that if you get good enough at pretending, you can pretend your way to bliss. Real. Genuine. Actual bliss.
Imagination is the infinite playground.
There's a certain kind of fun we call "Big Fun." It's something massive, usually, demonstrably fun, alluring, freeing, even.
The experience of confluence is the glue that binds us to a social setting, the promised reward that keeps us seeking each other out. It is not freedom, it is union.
My body might not be able to keep my soul’s sometimes over-eager promises.
If you look for playfulness in the young, you will find it. If you join them, you will find it in yourself.
Do you think what thinking about dying (and dying in general) does for you is emphasize how much better living turns out to be?
Yup. With all the joy that song implies, and all the meanings and occasions that toast celebrates: to life. All of it. The beginning of it. The living of it. Even the end of it.
There's a time when what we most need to let go of are ambitions—ambitions for new accomplishments and ambitions for new possessions.
You have to play in the and to hear the music.
This swing is exactly the kind of swing I would most like to be remembered with: a swing where parent and child would swing together, facing each other.
When, from the very wings of your psyche, you hear your inner thespian, wording and re-wording what next to say
Worried about the environment? Here's a way to make playful use of some of our favorite detritus
If you want to do something for me or because of me, grieving is not what I need. I need you to play.
Play is an inherently political action. Playful is a way of being. We need only to play, playfully, together.
This is the way it is when you come together to for fun.
You let loose. You let the light of being together into your very heart. You let the fun in. You let each other in.
We must make the distinction. Not just fun, but good fun. Not just laughter, but laughter that comes from the heart, from the depths of the soul, echoes of our shared humanity.
It's the freeing kind of play. It's not just playing. It's the way of being that sets you and all with whom you are playful free. Yes. Playful being. That kind.
Another truth my love reveals...
In some games, victory comes not from being best, but from having the most fun. Together.
Is winning the real goal of games?
Sure, you need to take death seriously. But even a regular guy like you can take it playfully.
These are the times when even a simple thing like playing together in public can have a revolutionary impact.
Fun is a spiritual thing. But when I'm at play, freely, completely, with you, it's fun of a different kind. It's spiritual alright, but spiritual shared, spiritual squared.
No matter what truths you seek, you'll some of the deepest and most useful truths if you can just see the funny side.
Why winning isn't all it's cracked up to be
Even when we lived in caves, we knew how to have fun.
I think maybe that's our blessing and our curse: our having to make the choice. The blessing: that we have the choice. The curse: that we have to make it.
The healthier the community is and the safer it is, the more the whole community plays, even the adults.
Bernard De Koven is the author of The Well-Played Game. He writes on theories of fun and playfulness and how they affect personal, interpersonal, community and institutional health.