Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Which Are You? Work or Play First?

Being a chronic workaholic, work is play for me. But we all need balance right? It is of course the play that provokes the spontaneous and creative side of our brain, so why do I insist on working first, then playing? Heck sometimes I'm having so much fun working, I neve get around to playing, much less taking a lunch break.

Back to the whole assumption that the work is play for me. It hasn't always been that way, I've had a nine to five job before, but even then I loved my work. I was just more appreciative of the whole TGIF concept than I am now.

I have no way of knowing for sure. But I think if I played first, then I might just not ever get around to the work. It's happened to me I think once, on a fine spring day such as this one. I guess I've just gotten disciplined, for instance I struggled with getting the "greenbean" (that's my kayak) into the water by myself this morning and had a fantastic little paddle before hitting the computer keys. I live at the base of a beautiful mountain, and I take great joy in watching the undulating hillside change in color in both Spring and Fall. But I had to make myself make that my priority this morning. How dumb is that?

It has never been my experience that good fortune just falls into my lap. I know there are people out there who live the life of Riley, but I'm obviously not in that category. I think they are probably "play first" people. I've always been one to work hard, taking pride in the process with not so much concern about the outcome.

A successful artist spends many hours honing their craft. Supposedly creative people struggle more with depression than others too. I think creatives also tend to be more passionate about everything, and this spills over into the work.

So which are you? Work or play first? I'd love to hear from you on this topic: --Ruth Mitchell

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