Dream Lab 2012 is all about inviting play, rest, and kindness into our lives, things that are often overlooked in our nonstop action-packed lives.
This essay called "The Busy Trap" by Tim Kreider is well worth a read. I especially love this line:
More and more people in this country no longer make or do anything tangible; if your job wasn’t performed by a cat or a boa constrictor in a Richard Scarry book I’m not sure I believe it’s necessary.I can't cram 2 weeks of self-care and self-awareness into one morning. So I'm giving myself permission to stay "behind" and be ok with that. Maybe I'll "catch up". Maybe I won't. But I promise to make time for myself, to savor the lessons and enjoy them as they are meant to be done.
Last night I started putting together my "play kit", which is a box of stuff that invites me to slow down and have fun. Not surprisingly, a lot of the items were pilfered from the extra stash of stuff I have to entertain T. Because nearly everything she owns is part of her "play kit"!
|fun in a box|
What's in it?
- A jar of bubble solution
- Reese's mini PB cups
- Bubble gum (I remember how to blow a bubble!!!)
- A brand-new Hello Kitty coloring book
- Brand-new 24 pack of Crayola crayons (only 50 cents at Target, no joke!)
- A brand new kelly green notebook
- Awesome Pilot G2 black pen
- 2 packs of Lego minifigures (don't know what you get until you open them!)
- Cool patterned tape by Todd Oldham's new line at Target (thanks Peck Life for the tip!)
- My fabulous birthday crown
- Colored Post-It Notes
- Cute envelopes
- Little slips of paper with different "rest" and "play" activity suggestions
This morning, one of the assignments I read was to pick out something from the box and have a little fun, letting go of my stresses and mental load. So I built this little guy:
I'm pretty stoked about this class, and have "rebooted" my brain from "OMG another obligation" to "hey, look, a chance to have fun". Because THAT is what life is all about.
And also, my life is going to get much harder come October so I am going to play NOW. If anyone has a good way to fast forward through say, the first 4-5 weeks of having a newborn, please let me know :)