“In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Watching my brother-in-law play with the children during a recent family reunion impressed me. It takes a confident person to play well. Not only did he play along during the tea party, but he actively participated on the level of the children.
I highly value hard work, but playing is not as easy for me. Since it’s not my forte, I was careful to choose a husband who likes to have fun.
Here are a few things I’ve noticed about those who like to play:
They don’t need to impress others. My husband says what he thinks whether or not others agree with him. His laid back personality helps all of us have more fun. When we don’t feel a need to impress others, we are more relaxed and are better able to be ourselves. Most relaxed people are more playful than me. It’s too bad we don’t all have this quality. “From the money we do not have, we buy things we do not need to impress people we do not like.” Loesje
They are interested in other people. Last night, we met a girl for the first time. My playful husband did what he does best. He interviewed her in a way that helped her share a lot about herself. This put everyone at ease, we learned a lot about this lovely lady, and we all laughed and had a great time.
They don’t need to toot their own horn. Confidence is another impressive quality about playful people. It seems they generally don’t need to boast or talk a lot about themselves. This is something that makes others want to be around them. They laugh, tell stories well, and make wherever they are a fun place to be. “You never toot your own horn.” Zakk Wylde
Playful people get fussed at a lot simply because those around them wish they could be more playful too. I am forever grateful for these people who help me relax and play.
Do you have to work hard at playing or play hard at working?