This letter was
actually written on December 27th; because I was on vacation in
North Carolina this past week. As I thought about what I wanted to
write about this month, my mind kept going to a topic very apropos
for the holidays: FUN.
This Christmas, I have been blessed to have a lot of fun in my life.
As many of you know, being with my two sons is my definition of pure
fun. They are lively, interesting, bright, and have incredibly
wonderful senses of humor. We have had a lot of fun this holiday,
with cooking lessons (by yours truly), movies, shopping, laughing,
and just hanging out together. My beau is a ton of fun; while
reserved in public, he can be a total goof-ball, and is always
willing to do anything that is an adventure and fun. And, we are
surrounded with loving friends whose laughter and vastly differing
views on life are a great source of fun.
Fun, for me, usually involves either laughter or learning. Have you
ever noticed how you connect more deeply with those with whom you
share a laugh, whether in a social setting or at work? Or felt the
exhilaration of learning something new, or seeing something with new
eyes, and realized "This is fun!" When I am faced with a task that
seems daunting, or a deadline that is looming, I look to see where
and how I can have fun with it. I may make it a game, or devise a
contest with myself, or reward myself with something fun (a trip to
the bookstore, a walk, a long-distance call to a dear friend) for
completing the task. Most of my work, I view as fun; supporting
others as they learn and grow is a blast.
Adriana Diaz writes "Fun has a sacred dimension." I believe what she
means by that is, when we are having fun, we are tapping into a part
of our deepest selves, a part that is child-like, free, and
spontaneous. Surely that is a sacred part of our selves, and brings
with it a sense of flow and connection. Fun has a place not only in
our personal lives, but in our professional lives, if we want to
bring our best to our work.
Where and when do you have fun in your life? Do you appreciate the
value of fun, and its ability to transform relationships and how we
see our work? I hope that 2004 brings you much fun, in addition to
peace and prosperity.
Sharon Keys Seal