Musings on the Power of a “Play” Day

Dear Readers;

I’ve been feeling guilty having not made a blog entry in a few weeks. A function of being immersed in client work with my head so filled with data that it seems there’s been no brainspace or time for anything else! Even my dreams have been taken over by thoughts of how to bring meaning to the data I’m reviewing in order to make meaningful recommendations to my clients.

But Friday I did what I often counsel others to do (though as you can see I hadn’t taken my own advice in a couple of weeks.) I scheduled a creative play day with my dear colleague and friend Patty. We spent the afternoon touring the Museum of Art and Design in New York. They are showing a provocative, poignant, emotionally-stirring exhibit called Slash: Paper under the Knife, in which artists cut, tear, burn, laser paper to make fascinating works that tell stories in a profoundly unique way. I’ll just mention one example: an artist created a wall of paper flowers out of the pieces of paper pulled from medicine bottles and prescriptions from friends and family. Go catch the exhibit if you’re in town.

After the tour, Patty and I, thoroughly inspired, “talked shop”  armed with new connections between the exhibit and our work as market researchers (and hers, as cultural anthropologist.)

What’s important here is setting aside time for personal renewal–whether it’s a trip to a museum, or a walk in the woods, or singing in a chorus. (I’m not talking about a quiet soak in the bath or sitting in front of the TV, much though I enjoy those activities too.)  It’s the interaction with the arts, and culture and nature which I believe is so critical to personal growth and happiness; and oh, of course, it’s valuable to bring back those connections and ideas to the work realm too!

I urge you to go out and schedule a play day, and I invite you to engage in a dialogue.

What did you do to nurture your creative spirit today?


Laurie Tema-Lyn, Practical Imagination Enterprises, 908-237-2246,

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