We’ve enjoyed an uncharacteristically cool summer here on the east coast. With a drop back week and a high of only 81 degrees, I slept in on Saturday morning and ran my eight miles late in the day. Sunday was lazy and playful – the perfect way to usher out summer. Ryan and I spent time at the bay catching hermit crabs and then had dinner at his parents’ house where I tested out their new tree swing [for the grandkids] while the fish was on the grill. I was reminded on George Sheehan’s words:
“To play or not to play? That is the real question…You can have peace without the world, if you opt for death, or the world without peace if you decide for doing and having and achieving. Only in play can you have both. In play you realize simultaneously the supreme importance and the utter insignificance of what you are doing. You accept the paradox of pursuing what is at once essential and inconsequential…Play is where life lives, where the game is the game. At its borders, we slip into heresy, become serious, lose our sense of humor, fail to see the incongruities of everything we hold to be important. Right and wrong become problematical. Money, power, position become ends. The game becomes winning. And we lose the good life and the good things that play provides.”
Wishing you a week full of play.
[ PS: If you haven’t read Running & Being, I highly recommend it. ]