Finding Joy in Everyday Experiences
Yesterday, I wrote about the new Pokemon Go game and why it’s become such a phenomenal success.
Well, last night two of my children and I went to our downtown area where the hub of Pokemon activity is around here and I would say about 70% of the people down there were also hunting Pokemon. It was a very social time for everyone. Strangers talking to one another. Laughter and smiles abounded. People were not just looking at their phones, they were interacting with others who were playing the game.
In short, we were all having fun.
I ended up walking a total of 2 hours yesterday with my kids searching for those Pokemon. That’s two hours of communicating and exercise with my kids. As Charlie Sheen would say, “Winning!”
I was feeling pretty happy and frankly, exhausted, when I checked Facebook on my phone before heading to bed. There was a post from a business leader who was snidely commenting on Pokemon Go and how it was a waste of time with people just “looking at their phones” when they could be working on their businesses.
What was disturbing is that most of the commenters agreed with him. Comments below his post said things like, “They could be building their business instead of wasting their time with a stupid game.”
Look, I’m all about people not just dreaming about a better life, but taking action to make their dreams come true. The theme for this blog is a “Happier, Healthier and More Abundant Life” after all. However, there is a time for work and a time for play. Play means different things to different people.
I think this business leader is a “red” personality. If you’ve every done one of those color personality quizzes, you know what I mean. If not, you can take one here. I’m predominantly yellow.
MOTIVE [ Fun ]
Yellows are motivated by Fun. They are inviting and embrace life as a party that they’re hosting. They love playful interaction and can be extremely sociable. They are highly persuasive and seek instant gratification. Yellows need to be adored and praised. While yellows are carefree, they are sensitive and highly alert to others’ agendas to control them. Yellows typically carry within themselves the gift of a good heart
Yellows need to look good socially, and friendships command a high priority in their lives. Yellows are happy, articulate, engaging of others and crave adventure. Easily distracted, they can never sit still for long. They embrace each day in the “present tense” and choose people who, like themselves, enjoy a curious nature. Yellows are charismatic, spontaneous, and positive; but can also be irresponsible, obnoxious, and forgetful. When you deal with a YELLOW, take a positive, upbeat approach and promote light-hearted, creative, and fun interactions.
So, while a predominately red personality may be driven and goal oriented, I’m more about, “Is it fun? Is everyone happy? How can we make this fun?”
You might find a red personality totally focused on their goals and objectives, whereas a yellow personality is looking for an adventure while pursuing their dream.
Neither personality is wrong, it’s just who that person is.
You can pursue your goals and still have a life of adventure and fun! For instance, yesterday I worked out, wrote a blog post, posted on my social media accounts, edited 5 chapters of my Middle Grade Fiction book and looked at agents’ submission guidelines, took a class and test for my Doctor of Naturopathy courses (I got a 100 on the test!), took another online class on writing/blogging and spent time looking for Pokemon with my kids!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. No one will get to the end of their life and wish they’d spend more time working. The older I get, the more I realize how important family, friends, good health and fun are to our lives.
Yes, make time to pursue your passion. No matter what your age is, dream big dreams, set goals to achieve them and get to work.
But also make time for the really important things in your life, like your kids and fun!
Have a blessed day!