Jan 09

It’s funny that we call it work. Ostensibly, work is the opposite of play. Work is serious, while play is not serious. But is that the case? It seems that when I’m trying to have fun, it very quickly becomes work. I’ve seen children at play, and it’s a serious matter to them. Children work at play, learning the games that they will be enacting in one form or another in their adult life. Adults do this no less, they just play games on a different level-forgetting that it was a game to begin with. The game is how human beings interact socially, no matter what the venue is: work, family, social outings. I don’t mean this in a derogatory or shallow way; simply that when human beings work together-they play together at the same time.

Work is play. When we’re there, it is a challenge to meet with our best skills and if we’re engaged, it’s a game we play to win. I think that this is why the work-place can be so stressful. The rules of engagement aren’t clearly defined, and people don’t play fair, they cheat and often are willling to compromise any sense of ethics they may have in order to make sure that they win. Perhaps if work is approached with the clear understanding that it is, in fact, play, we will have a better understanding of the situation-we can observe the parameters of the work-place when it is understood in its proper context. Work can be seen for what it is, and it’s not a bad thing at all…

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