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EXERCISES & CHALLENGES (to do with buddies or alone)
Seeing with New Eyes: Choose an issue you’re dealing which feels stuck, confusing, difficult. Have your buddy help you come up with 3-5 different perspectives – make some serious and some silly (e.g. a guru, a clown, your children, Bart Simpson). Imagine what they would see, say and do.
The Gift of Disruption: Think of a disruption that was challenging at the time but actually revitalized your life and generated possibilities you couldn’t have imagined before. What are some disruptions you’re dealing with now? What are they revealing and what might they be making possible? What can you do to play with them?
Finding a balance of Chaos and Order Explore what parts of your life need more chaos and what parts need more order and what steps to take to bring that (see notes for ideas).
Challenge: In the next two weeks, surprise yourself at least once. Surprise your buddy at least once!
BUDDY SUGGESTIONS: Questions to explore: With whom do you want to create a more playful relationship?
Resources: Simple Fun for Busy People: 333 Free Ways to Enjoy Your Loved Ones More in the Time you Have by Gary Krane Ph.D
Giraffe Jam #5 notes – Play On Purpose
BUDDY EXERCISES – some suggestions based on exercises we did in the jam. You can do these with a buddy or on your own.
#1. THE IMPACT OF YOUR STATE – Think about a time when you tried to make something happen and you were miserable, scared, tense. How did it go? Think of a time when you were really successful? What was your state?
#2. CONNECTING TO POSSIBILITY – Think of something you’re dealing with that you judge as wrong, bad, or not enough? What does that feel like? What do you create around you when you feel that way?
Now think of the same situation. What does that situation make possible? What might be the gift in it? How does THAT attitude change your feeling/state? What is possible from that state?
#3. GETTING TO THE ESSENCE – Think of something you either really want or really don’t want in your life. Maybe it’s at work, in a relationship. Explore what you want underneath the want. One person can repeat question: If you get that, what will that give you? Until you have connected with an essential quality:
Essential Qualities include:
#4. TURNING WORK INTO PLAY. what tasks do you want to bring more play into. There are small tasks and large tasks. For small tasks, brainstorm what would make it fun for you. Some possibilities:
Try it and see what works for you!
BIG TASKS – Turn it into an epic challenge. Find allies (inner and outer), identify enemies (procrastination, catastrophizing, etc.), establish what gets you points. Include others. Celebrate every point you get.
NOTES FROM GWEN’S TALK – Play By Delight
DELIGHTFUL CHALLENGES – Pick at least one. Share about it on the FB Page. I’ll be sharing some nudges and inspiration too.
POSSIBLE BUDDY TOPICS– Let these inspire you or just do what you want
Reflections on Playing by Delight What touched you most about Playing by Delight? What did it spark? How do you imagine your life would be different if you Played by Delight more? What are your challenges? Which of the weekly challenges listed here would most support you?
Finding your Compass of Joy What were some of the best big decisions you made in your life? How did you know they were the right decision for you? What did it feel like in your body? What did it make possible?
Design your personal play prescription How do you like to play? What kind of play do you want to bring more of into your life? What areas of your life could be more playful? What are the blocks?
CHALLENGE – Do at least one of these things
BUDDY TIME – Suggested questions