instead of working to control self, others & the environment, how might we play with the chaos of our inner nature, as well as the outer nature that we're an intrinsic part of? we're free to choose; to enforce control or to embrace chaos

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likewise as a species, we're obsessed with controlling nature. after centuries of highly stressful and arguably successful efforts, we've not only failed to control the environment, but also lost our ability to embrace perceived uncertainty

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attempted control of emotions has failed too, as exacting disciplining has only resulted in aberrations and uncontrollable outbursts; harmful to self, the other(s) and the larger community (environment) which includes all other species

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as your individual self grows, you're convinced that you can exert control over yourself, others around you, and the environment at large. so you seek to flip the pyramid and change the world

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you can seek to control self, the other or the environment with varying success and also invariably stress. from birth, the environment (society) and the other (family) establishes control over the individual (self) progressively

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one key difference between work and play is control. note i'm not referring to specific games here, but just generic play. work as an activity aims to control process & outcome to exacting standards while both process & outcome of play is serendipitous

celebrate 🎉 invite all & sundry. spread the joy. feed as many as you can. ask for appreciation & affection. you deserve the world, the world deserves you. took you 9 months to get out, you could surely celebrate more than just a day?

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i’m the most important person in the universe to me. for all the self-effacing behaviour we portray, we are deeply narcissistic inside. this isn’t something to abhor but to accept as a truth. accept the love from self & others without shame

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why do we pretend to not desire gifts when we secretly crib when gifted what we don’t want? instead i engage my gifters in a collaborative shopping/creating experience & we design/decide exactly what i’m going to get for my birthday 🎁

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when the world was smaller, a day was enough. today i need a week to revisit my ambitions, in relation with my world (family & friends) & the larger world (acquaintances & strangers). how can i make the most of this reflective opportunity?

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a day to embrace my existence, to remember to rejoice in who i am, what i have, and where i’m going. a day to say grace for my health and wealth. to accept the gifts i’m about to get; material, spiritual, social or otherwise from the world

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what’s a birthday? it is not a great personal accomplishment or achievement. but it is an excellent and welcome excuse to celebrate life. more importantly with those who wish the same for me. to continue together on this journey of life.

as Jim Morrison would have said… the future's uncertain, the end is always near, don't know what's gonna happen, man, but you gotta get your kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames 🔥 don’t delay, find a way, gotta play, no better way!

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life is a multiplayer game. imagine a network of play trucks plying the streets, spreading play as the way. the more players in the playground, the easier it is for new players to jump in & soak in the spirit for playing together is the way

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return to innocence, play is the way but it’s not easy alone, so find a playmate. that’s a luxury in a world where everyone’s chasing purpose through work. thus a mobile playground is ubiquitous & omnipresent, tantalising & inviting…

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a single dose makes it easier to get through the rest of your day and the more you play, the less you stray; from the path of joy. we’re born to be happy and high, alone or together. schedule your playtime or let serendipity work her magic

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you could get your dose of minimum viable play like tequila shots as you traverse through the drudgery of your day. you could get playtime in without scheduling calendar time. you might get lucky; make a new playmate or find an old one

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