By: Liz Christoffersen , Founder & CEO
This little book made its way into my life at precisely the perfect moment. The profound impact it had changed me and my life forever.
My parents owned a business that from my perspective consumed them. Growing up I could never really understand what it was about their work that caused them to be so committed to it. It wasn’t until much later in life when I lost them that I, too, came to realize the power of work as play.
As a child I remember stolen moments with my dad at the plant. He would be working on the machinery, showing me and teaching me what he was doing. “This is my play,” he would say. It used to make me smile and giggle thinking of my dad working and playing at the same time.
Years later after we lost him to brain cancer and then mother 6 weeks later, I went through one of the most challenging times of my life. It was in those final days with my parents that I came to understand the true value of the gift of time. It caused me to question how I chose to spend it and whether or not I was making good use of it. I found myself wondering about my chosen field and how it served me and the people who mattered most in my life.
That’s when the red rubber ball bounced into my life.
When I first read the rules they reminded me of that conversation with my dad when I was a young girl. It brought a smile to my face. I was beginning to understand what dad meant when he said his work was his play.
The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both. –James Michener
The words on the pages resonated deeply within me. I longed to reconnect to my passion and creativity, to do work that filled me, to get lost in play like one does in childhood where time passes unnoticed and you are so full of joy.
Following Kevin’s blueprint for life I made a commitment to discover my own red rubber ball. I searched for encouragers to guide me on my path, and to support my action along the way. I fostered my creativity and imagination by shifting to a state of wonder and play. Listening and learning prepared me to shine when the time is right. Along the journey I’ve had to alter my course a few times and speak up to stay true to my quest. Expecting the unexpected and embracing the gift in every experience has strengthened my faith and belief I am on the right path. Each moment of every day is filled with opportunity, a teachable moment – if only we are open to receive the gift.
From my red rubber ball experience I’ve learned our work does not define us, nor, does what we have. It has helped me embrace the idea of work as play – an expression of our joy in life. We are human beings not human doings. We are here to live abundantly rich lives, to discover our passion, our purpose and to serve others. When we discover the wisdom in play, we evolve to our highest state of being. Following our heart’s desire leads to fulfillment. Chasing our red rubber ball is the surest route to peace, prosperity and happiness. Our gift to others is to show them the way.
Connect with Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org