As a budding college graduate in the Spring of 2010 I had one goal in mind, to join the US Military and serve my country for 20 years. After being accepted by the Army Officer Candidate program, I flew down to Ft. Benning, GA for three months of basic training followed by six more months of Officer Candidate School to earn commission as a 2nd Lieutenant. My dream was to be an infantry officer and serve on the front lines. After graduating Basic Training, I watched my dream die in one fell swoop. During a 5 mile run my knee locked up, I fell and tore my MCL.
One of the foundational premises of the activity night called Fun on the Field is “It is OK to play”. In fact, it is downright healthy. And here is a little data for all you scientists to support my assertion.
- Expressing more confidence (Ginsburg, 2007; Gray, 2011)
- Developing conflict-resolution skills (Gray, 2011)
- Cultivating social skills such as flexibility, empathy, and the ability to be aware of one’s self (Burdette &Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg, 2007; Gray, 2011)
- Increasing problem-solving capabilities (Kleiber & Barnett-Morris, 1993; Burdette & Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg, 2007; Gray, 2011)
- Deepening critical-thinking skills (Hurwitz, 2002)
- Increasing curiosity (Burdette & Whitaker, 2005; Ginsburg, 2007)
Let’s all just take a little breather for a second.
We’re in a rat-race. There’s no doubt about that. And if you’re reading this, chances are you know that some self-management is pretty critical to maintaining that work-life balance we all covet so much.
Part of the reason that striking that balance is difficult is that we are all, quite literally, trying to do everything at once. We’re marketing. We are strategizing. We’re making decisions. We’re beating our competitors. We’re caring for our client
our colleague’s, and our family’s emotions. And on top of that…medical decisions at the drop of a hat.
We are literally trying to do it all. And it has to stop.
Recently I was fortunate to catch My Life as a Turkey on PBS. It’s about Joe Hutto, a naturalist who had a basket of wild turkey eggs dropped off at his porch. He incubated these eggs with the intention of having them hatch and imprint on him, then raising and getting to know this rafter of turkeys over the next year. Continue Reading
Nearly every Saturday morning, I grab a newspaper, settle into my favorite eating venue and order a big breakfast. While consuming pancakes and pouring over the news, I usually speak to no one, avoid eye contact with patrons but always give the wait staff a courteous smile. Continue Reading