“Play is the highest form of research.”~Albert Einstein
Today: photo shoot for an upcoming performance. A little nervous–the first time working with the other dancer; the first time meeting and working with the photographer. New venue. New format.
New, new, new…..
Got caught up in the anxiety of uncertainty. And while things were going well, I suddenly remembered the key: the key that I’d reminded myself of before the shoot; the key I had lost somewhere on the unexpectedly crazy morning, the hurried drive, the self-imposed pressure to produce something wonderful.
The “key?” Let’s be playful! Let’s have fun!
Once I remembered and called out to my colleagues that essential, simple invitation, everything shifted. As if a bottle of “joy” bubbles, of effervescence, of lightness, poured over us and the shoot. With the joy and lightness came inventiveness and a genuine radiance in the ideas and the photos.
It all just flowed.
That’s what play does: It creates flow. Spurring insight and creativity. Opening up the floodgates of possibility, and yes, magic. So, it was no surprise to read that Einstein in all of his brilliance appreciated the special juju of playfulness.
With the innumerable weighty matters and also the drudgery we need to deal with in this life, it can be so easy to forget the treasures in lightening up, goofing around, joking, being silly, making it fun…even in our approach to the weightiness and drudgery. That very buoyancy can open up doors and perspectives, as well as offer solutions we might otherwise never create or recognize or grasp.
Note to self: Remember to PLAY!
Photo credit: Bottom-Joel Callaway