Past Challenges

PLAY (October 2013): For 28 Days, I commit myself to PLAY EACH DAY

As a father of an energetic 7 year old and a dynamic 4 year old, I find myself longing for those days when I would spend a large part of my day at play.  You remember play, don’t you?  It was fun.  It was creative. You did it for no other reason than…you liked it. You played as much as you possibly could from the moment you open your eyes until you passed out on your pillow at night.

Then one day, something happened.  You grew up.  You got responsibilities and a job and bills.  Over time, there was less and less time for play.  After all, play didn’t pay the rent.  Consequently, play time slipped to the bottom of the priority list.  Deep inside, however, you missed your play time; moments spent doing something simply because it brought you joy.  Did you know…

According to the National Institute for Play, play is the gateway to vitality.  By its nature it is uniquely and intrinsically rewarding. It generates optimism, seeks out novelty, makes perseverance fun, leads to mastery, gives the immune system a bounce, fosters empathy and promotes a sense of belonging and community.

I need to play!  So for the next 28 days, I will challenge myself to play each day.  I will also post to 428days.com and share some of what I have learned during the challenge.  Of course, I invite you to share in this challenge with me.

SEE BEAUTIFUL (SEPTEMBER 2013): For 28 Days, I commit myself to SEE BEAUTIFUL IN MY WORLD

The stress and pressure of today’s world keeps me moving in a constant state of “what’s next.”  Add to that the constant diet of “bad news,” “disappointment,” and “fear” that I get each day from mass media and my outlook on the world has the potential to become very bleak.  Now, I know that my world is full of beauty.  Unfortunately, I rarely take the time to notice it.  As a result, I often miss opportunities to be inspired by and connect to the beauty in our world.  I want to change this.

A while back, I connected with a very special movement known simply as See Beautiful (www.seebeautiful.com).  The work of See Beautiful  is guided by the following mission:

See Beautiful™ exists to empower girls and women to see the beauty they inherently possess and empower ALL people to see and create more beauty in the world. Pop culture would like us to think beauty exists in, or is defined by, reality t.v. shows, airbrushed models on magazine covers, or manikins in storefront windows. In an effort to capture some of the beauty that exists in each of us and all over the world, See Beautiful™ has started a movement.

See Beautiful’s work reminded me that beauty exist all around me.  However, in order to truly appreciate it, I need to take the time to notice it.  So the next 28 days, I will challenge myself to see the beauty in and around me each day.  Each day I will also post to 428days.com and share some of what I have learned that day.  Of course, I invite you to share in this challenge with me.

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