Lessons in Proper Behavior, A Good Kind of Crazy

Lessons in Proper BehaviorWhen no one was looking, I started to dance and sing.

My moves resembled the thrashings of an animal in pain, my singing sounded equally painful.

My inner critic was telling me this was highly im-proper behavior, my inner child was having fun.

I was smiling.

Actually, I was laughing. At myself.

A Good Kind of Crazy

I was acting and feeling a good kind of crazy, exercising the body, brain and soul.

If my granddaughters had been present, they would have joined right in, because, for them, this kind of behavior isn’t crazy at all. For them this is normal behavior, proper behavior. For them this is play.

GigglLessons in Proper Behaviores, smiles, jerky, limber moves.

Jumping-on-the-bed behavior, tossing-a-ball-in-the-house behavior, slamming doors and striking-pots-and-pans-with-wooden-spoons behavior, running-outdoors-barefoot behavior, screaming-at-the-top-of-the-lungs behavior.

NORMAL STUFF.

PLAY.

Lessons in Proper Behavior

Adults have turned fun into weird, exercise into working out, testing one’s lungs into noise and play into bad behavior.

I remember telling my granddaughters one day that I didn’t know how to play.

“We’ll teach you,” they said, clapping their hands and leaping up in anticipation.

The idiom, “You can’t teach an old dog, new tricks,” sprang into my mind.

To me, their idea of play sounded like a lot of work. Instead, I should have looked at it as a spiritual tool.  A…

 Gateway to Vitality

In her article “The Importance of Play in Adults“, certified family life educator, Julie Baumgardner, wrote:

“According to the National Institute, 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. Each of these play by-products are indices of personal health, and their shortage predicts impending health problems and personal fragility.”

Guess that means adults need some lessons in PROPER BEHAVIOR.

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Lessons in Proper Behavior