This essay was originally published in Daily Passion Activator, the ezine from Julie Jordan Scott. Subscribe today for free.
I realized somewhere along my journey of
today that I create and reach towards goals
much like a child bounces a ball against
the school yard pavement or a child-artist
moves her paintbrush freely on a canvas.
I create goals and step into goals because
I find it to be great fun.
In my life coaching work I have often suggested
to my clients, “Ahh, just throw some spaghetti
against the wall. Go ahead, try that out – it
isn’t going to hurt anything! And besides,
the process itself can be darn funny. Try
it… shush, stop your hesitating and just
This has been so much a part of me that
I didn’t even see the uniqueness in
Today is my birthday and I have been setting
some wild and wacky goals. Just for fun, not
for anything else but the sheer joy of creating
them and then inviting other “kids” to play along.
I literally giggled as I wrote about my wacky
goals on my favorite goal setting website
(43things) and then blogged about it on
here. Then I hopped over to twitter
to change my status and let people there know
what I was up to and invite them to play along.
Am I possessed or obsessed? No, I am playful.
I am being the otter, sliding around the water,
barking and clapping my hands.
I am the monkey, swinging from the branches,
hopping over to my friend and running my hands
through her fur coat, inviting her to
swing with me.
I am the preschooler, carrying toy kitchen
accessories around the room, delegating roles,
“I am the Mommy, you are the daddy, you are
the sister, the brother, the other sister,
and you are the puppy” and when the other
sister would rather be the Aunt Millie, I
shrug, and smile and ok and when the puppy
gets bored and wants to build with blocks,
I smile and wave her away to go have fun
doing something else.
No attachment, no worry, no hurt feelings,
no drama or added meaning.
To me my goals provide crystal clear,
Natalie Angier wrote “along with love
and a good joke, playfulness seems like
something that should not be explained,
a brilliant splash of animated joy so
sheerly pleasurable to watch and engage
in that it is its own justification.”
To me, goal creation, goal reaching, goal
tweaking and goal realization fit those
How about you – want to come along with
me? Want to wrap yourself up in a costume
of choice as we create something
engaging and fun?
Come on, you know you do.
I can see that shy or sly grin crossing
See my ball, bouncing its way towards you.
Reach for it – your goal, my goal – unattached,
joy-filled, possible, passionate.
There. Well done.
So glad you are here, playing, creating,
being with me right now.
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PS - I even created some unique, this birthday weekend
only play-places for you to experience more passion now.