Desiring deep playfulness

First off, how much do you value playfulness? Usually, we think of things like integrity, love, or confidence. We typically desire these types of values in they lives.

If you’re like me, you don’t usually consider playfulness.

To me, playfulness sounds fun, lighthearted, even adventurous. As someone wrote

“Playfulness means being able to explore and to do things, for the sheer delight of doing them. It means relaxing, being spontaneous, and allowing a situation to carry you where it will.”

In general, I’m not detail oriented, so playfulness sounds fantastic to me. The problem, I think, is that it can also sound superficial, perhaps a little too light. Life’s more real than playful, I think.

Or maybe not. Maybe it doesn’t have to be.

That’s why I added “deep.” Deep to me means grounded, extended below the surface, far inward. It’s a short form of “truly profound.”

So when added to playfulness, it congers up a sort of “seat of emotion” feeling, like down at the motivation level. When I think of playfulness in that context, it’s suddenly appealing. I want that kind of life, the kind where everything’s playful but still meaningful, where I’m not worried or afraid but still not stupid.

So yeah, it’s something I’m playing with (no pun intended). How can you and I add deep playfulness to our lives?