Work play; play work

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Work play; play work

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The best work is play, and the best play is work.

I learned that again when Ethan, our 6-year-old son, spent a fairly good chunk of Saturday making wonderful, beautiful, but especially labor-intensive birds.

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And when he had finished a few, he asked Teresa if she wanted one. It was hard labor – each one took him the better part of an hour – but it was fun.

So was it work, or play?

I’ve started to think that these terms are not antagonistic but orthogonal … that the best of all possible human activities are high on both scales:

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The best work is play, and the best play is work. And if you think about it, we should never settle for less … because we won’t do our best work unless it’s play, and we won’t play as hard as we possibly could unless it’s work.

I think I’m just going to decide not to settle. What about you?


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