“If we could think of work in the same way we think of play—treating it as something we do for pleasure—it would change the world.”
– Jeff Goins paraphrasing Dorothy Sayers essay Why Work? @JeffGoins
NATIONAL DUDLEY ON CHANGING THE WORLD
Work and Play, can they play together? Or, are they mutually exclusive terms?
Work often is defined as an effort to produce a result. American work seems to connect with the idea of provision, rules and demands, and a sense that our ways of life are not as important as the end product. In part, this is true.
Play on the other hand gives us a sense of pleasure and fulfillment without requiring a particular result or product. This, in part, is true.
What is true of both is that energy, effort, skill and results are often at the core of both work and play. Even at play, we want to achieve some result although it may not be “counted” in the same way it is for work.
Can we merge play into work?
Absolutely. To merge play into work takes a careful review of what is expected at work and incorporating our “best” skills into that work, along with our best effort – much like we do with play. But wisdom is key. When selecting our work environment, we need to be wise about the where, the who, and the how.
Think of a playground that has all the right equipment, good partners to play with and parental oversight that keeps the ‘play’ safe. Wisdom for playing at work says to choose your playground wisely, and you will succeed. Find a playground where you can let your skills and talents thrive and a safe place that makes concessions when you fail.
Our work matters. Play can make work better. Work combined with wise play can be an unbeatable team and a blessing for all on the playground!
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