Playing is an authentic, joyful, activity that integrates body and mind. It is integrity in action.
We pay athletes to play games. We pay artists to dance. We pay actors to perform.
But we ourselves play no more. We are paid to work.
All children play. Most adults don’t.
Play is an original experience. Play is a genuine response to a situation. It is value added.
Play is individual and collective.
Play is being responsive to others and the reality of the situation. Play overcomes obstacles, distractions and interruptions efficiently and effectively. Collaboration and empowerment are the norm. Pride and satisfaction are evident in all results, even the most imperfect.
Play is actually learning to do the right thing. Doing the right thing is a trial and error process that exists without concern for the outcome. A child places a favorite teddy bear in a place and then changes it to another.
One keys of play I observe in children is that individual expression is not self censored by an internal standard about what the child thinks others think should happen. Play, then, is not contrived. It is authentic, creative, and truthful. And it is transparent.
Integrity is not a theory or an idea. It is practical reality. Our water system demands integrity. Our work environment should demand integrity.
Integrity is not hard work. It is play.
Play always refreshes; work mostly depresses.
Play at being impeccable with your word.
Overcome a lack of integrity in the smallest of things in play. Practice being true to your word.
It will result in a lifetime of play.
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Douglas Ross is a businessman and an advocate for integrity. He is the founder of Principle Dynamics