Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
Yesterday I shared with you that I am learning how to do less than I have in the past without feeling guilty. It has been made easier by using some of my freed up time to enjoy what my town has to offer in the way of entertainment and new experiences. I also am finding alternatives to some of my traditional activities.
For example on Sunday I saw the musical production of Pete and Keely that starred one of my favorite Daily readers, Judy Fitzgerald. Judy and her partners are the founders of the Actors Theatre of Indiana. They are experienced professionals with a long list of national credits who bring great talent from around the country to entertain us in their productions.
My doctors are forbidding me from doing Salvation Army Bell Ringing outside in the cold this year, something I have done for many years. I will make up for it part by manning the phones during the Salvation Army’s annual two day Radiothon that is broadcast on one of Indiana’s favorite radio stations, WIBC.
So all is not lost, I can’t do everything I am offered to do but I can do some good while treating myself to more fun things.
What about you, are you having fun? If not why not? Maybe these thoughts taken from an article by Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D. may help if you want to liven up your life.
Make Your Life More Fun
When is the last time you really had fun? Think about it—the last time you just let yourself go and had a good time? When did you last forget about all your daily responsibilities and live in the moment? If it’s been too long, one of these assumptions about fun may be holding you back. Read on to discover how to get over them and get yourself out there:
You’re worried what other people will think.
You don’t want to look silly in front of other people. You’re afraid they’ll judge you. Guess what? Other people don’t think about you nearly as much as you think they do. Besides, you’re not a mind reader. You don’t know what is going on in other people’s minds. And if they are judging you for being silly and having a good time, then they’re people you don’t need to know anyway. To quote Dr. Seuss: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
You think you need to spend money.
It’s true: Some of the best things in life are free. You don’t need to go on a pricey vacation or buy a lot of stuff to have fun. Many times it’s just being in the moment with the people you care about. And that costs nothing.
You think you don’t have the time.
There is always time to have fun. I don’t care who you are or how little time you think you have—you can make the time. Also, fun is found in the little moments—you don’t need to carve out your whole day. Block out a half-hour to do something you enjoy, just for the fun of it.
You think conditions have to be perfect.
Many fun moments occur when things go unexpectedly awry. Allow yourself to be imperfect, and to enjoy the imperfections of life. Humans are imperfect creatures, after all, and you’re one of them. Telling yourself, “I’ll have fun when…”, is counterproductive and, frankly, a real bummer. Have fun now—there’s no time like the present.
You think it has to be big and spectacular.
News flash: Every day is not 4th of July fireworks, parades, and parties. You can find fun in small moments. If you think real fun only happens at big events, you’re depriving yourself of some good times. Fun is what you make it. It doesn’t need to be spectacular, by any means. Sometimes it’s found in 5- and 10-minute increments.
If one insisted always on being serious, and never allowed him or herself a bit of fun and relaxation, one would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.
A young and foolish pilot wanted to sound cool and show who was boss on the aviation frequencies. It was his first time approaching a field during the night time. Instead of making any official requests to the tower, he said: “Guess who?”
The controller switched the field lights off and replied: “Guess where!”
Sound travels slowly. Sometimes the things you say when your kids are teenagers don’t reach them till they’re in their 40s.
It was a sunny Saturday morning, and Pete was beginning his preshot routine. As he was visualizing his upcoming shot, a voice came over the loudspeaker, “Would the gentleman on the ladies tee please back up to the men’s tee, please!”
Pete was still deep in his routine, seemingly impervious to the interruption. Again the announcement, “Would the man on the women’s tee kindly back up to the men’s tee!”
Pete had had enough. He yelled, “Would the announcer in the clubhouse kindly shut up and let me play my second shot!”
I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought: What good would that do?
The new Ensign was assigned to subs, where he’d dreamed of working since a young boy. He was trying to impress the Master Chief with his expertise learned in Sub School. The Master Chief cut him off quickly and said, “Listen, ‘sir’, it’s real simple. Add the number of times we dive to the number of times we surface. Divide that number by two. If the result doesn’t come out even, don’t open the hatch.”
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
Jack, a lawyer, lies dying with his partner of 40 years by his bedside. “Mike, I’ve got to confess. I’ve been sleeping with your wife for 30 years and I’m the father of your daughter. On top of that, I’ve been stealing from the firm for a decade.”
“Relax,” says Mike, “and don’t think another thing about it. I’m the one who put the poison in your martini.”
If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a song about him?
The Judge admonished the witness, “Do you understand that you have sworn to tell the truth?”
“Do you understand what will happen if you are not truthful?”
“Sure,” said the witness. “My side will win.”
It’s the game of life. Do I win or do I lose? One day they’re gonna shut the game down. I gotta have as much fun and go around the board as many times as I can before it’s my turn to leave.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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