Several weeks ago I attended the BlissDom 10 blogging
conference in Nashville TN.
If you've never been to a blogging conference, think Trekky
convention only with excessive hugging, savvy networking, super
smart speakers, fabulous shoes and a much higher collective score
on the written part of the S.A.T.
It was inspiring, invigorating, and down-right fun. We
laughed, we cried (a little), we blogged, we vlogged, and we
On day one, we had the privilege of listening to Key Note
speaker Mr. Kevin
Kevin is the author of the book The Rules of the Red
Rubber Ball". A book that speaks to the power of play and
creativity. He told us about his rough and arduous childhood,
being left in a trailer at age 8 with his two young siblings by a
messed-up mom, and the amazing Grandfather that would ultimately
become his saving grace and wise protector.
Kevin turned to the playground, his trusty red rubber ball and
the lessons he learned there to fuel his life's work. It's a
book you'll want to check out for sure.
But it was Kevin's passionate talk of PLAY and creative
expression that touched me most. In Kevin's
words, "finding your own "red rubber ball" and chasing it to
your heart's content, is the surest route to peace, prosperity, and
He asked us how we planned to incorporate PLAY into our daily
lives. And as we all looked up from our laptops and
iphones,(remember he was talking to professional bloggers, people),
the blank stares were almost audible as that four letter word
rumbled around our word-flooded heads.
I would bet a good amount of jack that most of us sitting in
that room, that day, dwell in houses busting at the seams with toys
and small creatures begging us to shoot them with Nerf guns
or put go-go boots and mini skirts on Barbies. But how many
of us really PLAY all that often? And not only with our kid's
toys, but toys of our own.
So, there it was. The question of the day.
"How will you incorporate PLAY today?"
And I haven't been able to get that question out of my to-do
list encrusted head.
So, I'm going with it.
In the coming weeks Ill be blogging about ways to make PLAY more
of a priority and reality in our daily grinds. Not only for
our offspring, but for us hard-working, over-achieving,
give-give-giving moms and dads.
So question number uno: How, or better yet, WILL you incorporate
PLAY into your life today?
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
See more of Meredith's stories here.
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