The Spirit of Adult Play ~ something Renee wanted to share with the group!
- The Spirit of Adult Play
January 15, 2009
After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box.
In her Exchange article, "The Spirit of Adult Play" Bonnie Neugebauer
observes that many must relearn the joys of playfulness. To do so, she
suggests, they must be willing to spend freely, to squander, to waste
(if you will), to be extravagant with their:
Time Play must exist in a context of timelessness. The process is
valued beyond the outcome of the play, so it must be possible to
continue the experience across blocks of time, even across days and
weeks. The play must find its own end, just as it found its own
Sense of Self Play requires that one forget oneself. If
self-conscious about their play, about how others will view either
their play or the products of their play, children and adults are
crippled. Their play is distorted by other consciousness.
Sense of Order Play demands a certain amount of chaos. There must be
room for using things and doing things in new ways. Play equipment and
space must be flexible to meet the changing needs of the players.
There must be storage for uncompleted play, and respect for unfinished
spaces. Players require a degree of uncertainty and support for taking
risks. Play is nurtured when there is no labeling of wrong and right.
Joy Play without enjoyment is just plain hard work. Players need to
laugh, and boast, and practice. There are many choices to be made, and
each is a challenge. Play brings out the best in each of us.
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