Becoming a solution is hard work! So much so, you can forego a social and family life to bring about the change you want to see in the world. And depending on the solution you are intent on becoming, it will consume every part of your heart and mind. Therefore, it is important to make time for fun. Even if your brain tells you don’t need it or it’s a waste of time, your heart knows otherwise. The amazing thing about scheduling time for fun is it allows your mind to think about other possibilities related to your solution you hadn’t thought of before. Doing something outside your normal routine will unlock ideas you previously didn’t explore.
We become negative when everything we do is connected to the grind. It’s as if we take on the nature of ants, busily carrying on without any time to refresh our hearts through the nourishment of laughter and enjoyment. And while becoming the solution is serious business, there needs to be a component of fun to it, as well. If everything we do is based upon results, data, and “getting shit done,” it will be next to impossible for fun to be baked into our solution. As a dad of two young boys, I have an easier time getting them to participate in cleaning up when I make a game out of it. I usually say something like, “let’s see who can clean up the fastest,” or after every third consecutive time we pick up something without getting distracted, I tickle them for a few seconds. It makes what is usually boring into something fun for them. It makes them want to help.