Work Hard, Play Harder

Crystal HotelThis morning, I woke up to the sounds of chirping sparrows and city traffic in the heart of downtown Portland at the historic Crystal Hotel. After a month of hard-core business building, I needed a change of scenery to clear my head and reboot my creativity. As I walked around the quiet sidewalks of the Pearl District at 7:30am, I saw the city I now call home wake up in a new way…and I got excited! It wasn’t all about rushing to work, but more of an ease and flow of play that called to me.

How often do we choose to start our Monday with PLAY? 

In our society, play is often reserved for our leisure time, sequestered off to come alive again on the weekends or the annual family vacation. It is a rare person that actively and intentionally cultivates a sense of play each day.

We often believe and live the lie each day that we have to somehow earn the right to play by first striving and slaving away at work.

When did efficiency and productivity become our new form of capital over health, wellbeing, and fulfillment? Instead of embracing play, rest, and renewal, we’ve created a culture of exhaustion as a status symbol for success.

Play pioneer, Dr. Stuart Brown, claims that “The opposite of play is not work – the opposite of play is depression.” As a premier researcher and Founder of the National Institute for Play, Brown discovered that play shapes how we think and make sense of the world – actually impacting our neurological functioning! Play helps us build social bonds, develop empathy, and is at the heart of creativity and innovation.

The bottom line is that play helps enhance and strengthen our work…not the other way around!

What if we designed our lives with a sense of play at the center? 

Work Hard, Play Harder

Imagine what would be possible then…

More joy

More rest

More laughter

More connection

More productivity even…

This is the focus that I’m carrying into my week and invite you to do the same. Sometimes we need to get away and shake up our everyday routine in order to activate new insights, explore uncharted territory, and get inspired. Other times, we have to appreciate what’s already right in front of us.

A sunny day

An invitation to create

A change to travel somewhere new

An opportunity to look at life from a different perspective

My gift and challenge to you is to embrace a spirit of play as you dive into your work.

Work hard, but play harder!

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Read & Discover

Here are some of my favorite books on play and creativity…enjoy and be inspired!

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The Power of an Ordinary Life

super-mom red capeI have always been enamored with the extraordinary

From tales of everyday heroes who saved the day to seemingly impossible events that actually happened, these stories stimulate imagination and inspire hope.

This is why seeing the latest blockbuster movie or even watching the nightly news is so captivating – it presents something that is bigger than our everyday experience, something we strive and long for. And while there is truth and value to these extraordinary moments, there is also an underlying cost.

Extraordinary examples often lead us to compare our lives to what we think they should be, instead of appreciating what they actually are.

Consider for a moment the amount of “shoulds” that you think or say every day:

  • should eat healthier
  • should have finished this already
  • should work out
  • should go to bed earlier
  • should

While some of these “shoulds” are aspirational intentions, most are laden with underlying assumptions, judgment, and criticism. What we think we should do and who we should be is actually designed by what we perceive we are lacking – our self-defined “not enoughness.”

defaultThe idea of who we think we’re supposed to be steals away the joy and value of who we actually are. 

We need to shift our focus from a perspective of scarcity to one of deep and abiding sufficiency – the art and practice of realizing that what we have in each moment is truly enough. 

In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown shares that “sufficiency isn’t an amount at all. It is an experience, a context we generate, a declaration, a knowing that there is enough and that we are enough.”

Take a moment to consider what “enough” is for you.

Does something have to be extraordinary to have worth and value? What ordinary opportunities are you possibly overlooking?

So many of us live day-to-day waiting for the extraordinary to happen. As a result, we overlook and devalue the ordinary moments that create a life of simply “enough.” From smiling at a stranger as you cross a busy street to pausing to take a deep breath when you walk outside in the sunshine, these are the ordinary moments that make up our lives and have the potential to change lives. There is nothing more or less called for here. It simply is.

We each have the power to choose sufficiency over scarcity in each moment. Ordinary or Extraordinary.

What kind of life do you want to create?


Join me this Thursday night, June 6th, from 6:30-8:30pm to learn how to stop “shoulding” all over yourself and start accepting the value and power of what’s in front of you.

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Leslie Bosserman, M.Ed., CPCC

Fulfillment Specialist & Leadership Coach
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