The Weekly Dream: Are We Having Fun Yet?

“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work, his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion.  He hardly knows which one is which.  He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing.  To him he is always doing both.” –James Michner

“Take the work seriously, never yourself”

As summer comes to an end and school begins, it is a time of transition. If you work, it probably does not make much of a difference.  Whatever category you find yourself in, it is no doubt a time of transition.  And if you are like me, the rest of the year will be especially busy.  In the midst of all these changes, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, frustrated and a little unfocused.  Your joy may begin to chill with the weather.  One thing I am learning is that life is often more responsibility than fun.  And that can be a little depressing.

All Work and No Play… 

But does it have to be this way?  In the pursuit of excellence and constantly living under pressure, we tend to get a little uptight.  We forget at times that what we do is not who we really are.  I know I am more than guilty of it.  Yet, I have come to realize that there is a time and a place for everything.  And if you are not having fun, it is up to you to inject fun and passion into everything you do. 

You may say, “Golly Steve, how on earth can I do something like that?”  One way is to break up your routine.  Make life an adventure.  I love talking to new people and doing new things.  I try to always have something going.  That way you do not get stagnant. 

You should also do things for yourself.  As Superspades, we get caught up in giving and trying to change the world.  However, do not forget to take time out and recharge.  If you are not fortunate enough to pursue your dreams, then this is key.  But the most important thing is your attitude.  We can change any situation by first changing our attitude.  Whenever I started a job, I wanted to always convey that I was enthusiastic and positive.  Even if it was a crap job and I have had plenty of those.  Yet, my joy was totally unrelated to my situation.  It was a reflection of who I was.  My philosophy has always been that if I have to be somewhere for eight hours, i might as well enjoy it.  You should do the same. 

Follow Your Bliss

In an ideal world, your life would be like the quote I began with: your work would be play and your play would be your work.  That is when you have found your vocation or what you were meant to do.  However, there is often a price to be paid in order to reach that point.  You must be excellent at what you do, hard working, courageous and confident.  What do you have to lose? 

We only have one life to live.  This is not a rehearsal.  So you might as well spend your time doing what is good and right and what makes you happy.  All you have is right now.  So start living your life right now.  The worse thing that can happen is that you leave this life with regrets, things you wish you would have done.  Do them now or work to do them now.  Cherish the moments.  And when you are having fun, that is when you are a child again and people see your light.  When you are having fun, that is when you are at your best.

Don’t be afraid to be silly.

Truth and Peace,

Steven M DeVougas

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One response to “The Weekly Dream: Are We Having Fun Yet?”

  1. Brandon Q. says :

    Yet another great one Steve. I especially liked the opening quotes.

    One thing stood out though. You mentioned that “As Superspades, we get caught up in giving and trying to change the world. However, do not forget to take time out and recharge. If you are not fortunate enough to pursue your dreams, then this is key.” Maybe I am just too optimistic, but I think everyone is fortunate enough to pursue their dreams. There are extenuating circumstances that may make the journey more difficult, but realizing these dreams is possible.

    I also think being able to laugh at yourself is very important.

    Great post Steve,

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