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A Question for the New Year: What will your adventure be?

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~Emerson

Day 16~Playfulness~ Be Gentle Be Love

I am on vacation. This is my first time off since December. I saved Day 16-Playfulness~for these vacation days in Manhattan. Yup. I scheduled my playfulness. I made a playdate with myself.

And once I thought of all the things
I needed to do,
And should do
And should see
And should hurry to find

then…

I remembered Amanda’s gently coaching in Be Gentle, Be Love~

 “Don’t ever let yourself keep yourself from having a good time.”

So I stopped. I stopped hurrying. I retreated and sat down in front of the New York Public Library. I settled down. I quieted down. I noticed my fingers continued to lightly tap a type of manic Morse code on my vacay ToDo list. I concentrated on redirecting my fingers off of the To Do list. The wind relocated the list and then I noticed the reflection right in front of me on the little round table.

playfulness

"Playfulness" Photo by Helen Teague

….A reflection of trees growing upside down, trunks up and an office building standing on its head. But the sky was in the same place. And it occurred to me that my playdate is not the wild adventure of child’s play but the intentioned embrace of Playfulness.

An echo of sincere times floats to me along with the tiny tree blossoms. I enter the library, retrieve the book and read it just as I did decades before~~~

…and Pooh, sitting wakeful a little longer on his chair by our pillow, thinks Grand Thoughts to himself about Nothing, until he, too, closes his eyes and nods his head, and follows us on tip-toe into the Forest.   The House at Pooh Corner

Playfulness Too

"Playfulness Too & Pooh" by Helen Teague

 They let me buy the book. The tiny petals in my hair also remain.

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