To Play or Not to Play

I think about this topic a lot because I see many people around me who are fearful and/or frustrated with their lives.  Worse, I’m reminded by some that I can’t possibly relate because I’m one of those fortunate ones that supposedly has the time and resources to PLAY – I humbly disagree, but I understand the argument.

I wish I could tell you that I did so at that time with the insight shared by Dr. Stuart Brown in his presentation below…   For me, it was much more fundamental:  I might have been outwardly successful, but I sure wasn’t having much fun – and therefore, wasn’t very happy.  So, I simply rebelled against the establishment.

Since then, I’ve become far more aware of the relationship between Productivity, Creativity, and Happiness – and I’ve come to believe that PLAY underpins it all. It is indeed a strange paradox…  But during times like these, I feel it is more important than ever to embrace this and raise the level of awareness.

The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them – Albert Einstein

Unfortunately, this approach is counter-intuitive to many cultures and organizations – the USA being the foremost example.   But the “treadmill” of modern society doesn’t prevent you from making your own choices, from writing your own “life song” so to speak.  Dr. Brown explains how and why this is so important in the video below.   His presentation runs for nearly 30-minutes so I realize that’s asking for a lot given today’s norm; but trust me, it’s worth every minute of your attention.  Besides, it’s the weekend here in “Sunny So CAL” and I’m itching to get out and PLAY!

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I am a professional hobbyist when it comes to this.   Though my relationship with the piano began at a young age, I only recently pulled off the gloves to rekindle it and haven’t looked back since.   This was partly inspired by huge advancements in music production technology now available to all  – and from the comfort and privacy of your home!   I’ve never subscribed much to job titles so I won’t attempt to label my genre.  Besides, composing music mirrors life in that there are really only two ways to write a song: your way, and the wrong way. 

Thank you for your interest and encouragement.