Self Care


Most of us come into this world with an intrinsic ability to have fun. We can see it when we watch kids play with water and just about anything. If somewhere along adulthood we fell out of love with life, this article offers lighthearted ways for us to have good-clean fun.

Do you need more fun in your life? Think of one reason why you CAN’T or SHOULDN’T have more good-clean fun. Got one? You win!! You definitely need more fun. Here’s how—just remember the acronym E.N.J.O.Y.

E-encourage–means “give support, confidence or hope.”
We can encourage ourselves by re-purposing the road trip game, I-spy. Instead of “spying” cars, cows or birds from our car window, we can “spy” and say all the kind and truthful things we see about everything and everybody. Maybe we like a color on a person’s shirt—say it. Maybe we like a new haircut—say that. Like a smile? Say it. Yes, just like that! “Spy” and say supportive, confidence-building, hopeful things, and everyone will be having more fun!

Never mind what anybody else is thinking, saying or doing about you and your encouraging, fun behavior. Do it anyway, and laugh all the while (to yourself and/or out loud). This is called freedom, and one of the reasons why kids have so much fun!

Stand up for our own joy and the joy of others. If brings good-clean joy to eat a delicious meal, find a way to eat it without any guilt (guilt has a yucky aftertaste). If you’ve always dreamed of the joy of hiking the Andes, find a way to go. You might be able to earn your way there by working at a travel agency where you can find the best deals and get a work-discount. Or maybe, volunteer for a mission trip that’s going there. Whatever gig you take that gets you to our dream-joy will be worth it, and the “job” will be fun, knowing there’s a fun-filled “pot of gold trip” at the end of the “work rainbow!” If our best friend (or even an acquaintance or teller at the gas station that we just met) always dreamed of the joy of a having a pair of red patent-leather shoes, find a way to buy a pair. Imagine the joy that you will share with her when you present them!

Open your heart to the truth that tomorrow may be the very best day of your life. We have no idea what or who will walk into our workplace, gym, grocery store or even into our hearts during our remaining days as “us.” To be curious is splendid. It adds a mysterious twinkle to our eye that makes us even more beautiful and alive!

Allow ourselves to say yes to any good-clean thing that adds fun for ourselves and others. Forgive all the reasons why we believe we “can’t” and let the fun flow!

Having fun yet?? Just thinking these thoughts can be fun! Now, go do some.

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