Work That Feels Like PLAY!

I have become so aware lately of the perception of work and play.  Although the perception is not my understanding.  I will be in the garden and a conversation with a neighbor that has dropped by will go like this:

“You out here working again?”

“Nope, enjoying my garden and me time.”

“Yeah, but it is still work.”

“No really it’s not, I am having fun.”

“Sure, but you need to not be working all the time.”

“I’m not, this is my time off.”

Or I will be talking to my mom on the phone telling her what I have been up to with the summer and fall garden with canning and freezing, and she almost feels bad for me. She says “wow you poor kids are working so hard.”  And I think “I guess, but it didn’t feel that way….”

I think sometimes that the lines blur (at least for me) between work and play.  There are so many interests that I have and when I get to dabble in one of those or spend some time in one of those areas, it really does not feel like work.  If I am sewing gifts, someone might say “oh that’s so much work” and I think “oh my gosh, I am in my craft room, are you kidding me?”

My perception of play has never been to do nothing or to sit and just watch TV or something.  When I get to choose at the moment what I am doing, that is play, that is me time, that is enjoyment time.  This weekend I spent 2 days in the garden. Sure there was “work” to be done, but when my hubby asked me last week “what do you want to do this weekend?” I said, “I want to be selfish with my time and just spend the entire weekend in my garden playing in the dirt.”

And I did.  And each day, he came out at sunset to a smiling, relaxed, very dirty wife that felt like she was on vacation. She felt a little guilty even about all the fun she was having, so to ease her guilt she admitted she “had been working so hard” but inside she felt she had had the best vacation weekend ever! And when she watered her newly planted seeds and seedlings at sunset, with the cool, cool breeze, she smiled as she felt she had been coy—making play seem like work, now that is a win/win. 😉

What do you do for play that others think is work?

Happy Unleashing!


7 thoughts on “Work That Feels Like PLAY!

  1. Um. practically everything! Homeschooling, gardening, painting furniture, blogging, etc…us farmgirls just love to PLAY at LIFE DON’T WE??? Love your musings Debbie!

  2. All that you mentioned, plus spinning and knitting. It’s true that at times I get myself a bit too worn out from all the fun! Still, a bad day doing what I love beats the best day in the office.

    • Agree with you Nadine! I would never say that I don’t get worn out, but it is a “good” worn out. Rather than feeling dragged and depleted mentally I just feel satisfied and tired but relaxed. It causes better sleep that is for sure!

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  4. I couldn’t agree with you more. Whenever I am in the garden or at my farmschool apprenticeship, it feels so relaxing, so fulfilling and so perfect. Now I just need to find a job doing it so it pays the bills! Enjoy your garden this weekend.

    • Farmschool apprenticeship? I am thinking about school in the spring in Organic Gardening and they require an apprenticeship. How do you like that???? I think it sounds awesome! I will enjoy my garden this weekend; you do the same!

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