The saying goes “if you’re not having fun, then you’re doing it wrong.” It’s usually associated with sex. It can also easily be associated with life in general. Two of my favorite blogs have talked about having fun and laughing this week, which helped to remind me why I do what I do.
Creativity guru Roger von Oech’s post Have Fun! offers up this wisdom from Heraclitus, the world’s first creativity teacher:
Those who approach life like a child playing a game, moving and pushing pieces, possess the power of kings.
He also discuses three examples of how this strategy can get the creative juices flowing.
Jason Kotecki – cartoonist, speaker, and all-around guy I’d like to be if I wasn’t me – has a wonderful post called Make Me Laugh, that did just that:
So it’s been said that the average kid laughs around 400 times a day. When it comes to laughing, the average kid kicks the butt of the average grown-up, who laughs about 15 times a day.
He includes a hilariously cute video of a baby laughing one of the best belly laughs I’ve ever heard.
As we head into the weekend, think about how fun and laughter play a role in your life and work. If it’s not a prominent role, then maybe it’s time to recast.
Because if you’re not having fun, then you’re doing it wrong.
Have a fun weekend!
Thanks, Tony. You just made me exercise my smile muscles.
Glad to hear it Easton.
They say that laughter is the best medicine, but I prefer to think of it as a recreational drug â€“ with no side effects 🙂
Thanks Tony. I took your advice and created this http://www.fromthepen.com/issue211.html
(all in good fun.)
Hey Buck â€“ Glad to see humor and satire are still contagious!
Thanks for stopping by the Creative Think blog, and spreading the word of Heraclitus to some more people. I appreciate the traffic you’re sending my way.
I like your site!
Best wishes to you and your readers.
Roger von Oech
Hey Roger â€“ Thanks for dropping by. I’ve been a fan for years, and have recommended your products more times than I can remember to clients in need of help.
Thanks for helping demonstrate the power of the creative mind, and making it fun.
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