Don’t treat these questions like “homework” or try to answer every single one. Instead, make time to meditate on the list and pick the one question that speaks to you most. The goal is to figure out which question is “yours.” Which one contains “your work”? And what is the question inviting you to notice or acknowledge?
What makes something play for you? When you feel free from the burden of producing an outcome? When creativity is involved? When you lose time? When you can just be yourself? All of the above? Something else?
What forms of childhood play have lasted into your adulthood? What has enabled that? What makes you especially grateful for it?
What did you learn from the games you played as a child? Monopoly, King of the Hill and Dodge Ball certainly instil different lessons than Red Light; Green Light, Clue, Jump-Rope, Pictionary or Hopscotch. What lessons from your favourite childhood games do you notice “playing out” for you in the present?
What is the opposite of play?
Can worship be play?
Can play lead to transcendence?
Can play be a form of political resistance?
When has play saved or healed you?
Who keeps you playful?
What would it look like to sneak a bit of playfulness into your daily chores? Your dinner prep? Morning commute? Exercise routine? Workday? Your relationship?
Do you remember “a perfect day of play”?
Are you a good winner? How about a good loser?
What saying regarding play captures a key storyline in your life right now: playing it up, playing it down, playing fair, playing for keeps, playing favourites, playing it safe, playing hardball, playing house, playing it by ear, playing second fiddle, playing right into their hands, throwing away the playbook, played out, playing hard to get, playing possum, playing with fire?
If you could give your younger self advice about play, what would it be?
What’s your question? Your question may not be listed above! As always, if these don’t include what life is asking from you spend the month inquiring into the topic.
(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2021 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘PLAY’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)