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The Big White Truck

Duff photoDuff here. I have made many friends over the years. Some are acquaintances, while others are friends. Then there are The Good Friends. You know what I mean. Two of my Good Friends have helped my mom and Me so many times over the years. And they always come in their Big White Truck. My ears are quite sensitive to different noises and this vehicle has a distinctive sound. I could hear the truck approaching from two blocks away and I would prepare to swarm them. After the truck pulled in (and mom let me go), I met. I greeted. I did remarkable tail wags. The whole nine yards. I lived unstuck.

Now there was a day when another Large White Truck pulled up and stopped in the middle of the street. I didn’t realize at the time: the driver was from a utility company, checking the meters. He left his truck door open. I ran as fast as I could to meet and greet. And jumped into the cab. He returned and found Me, A Very Friendly Dog, on the driver’s seat. I met and I greeted. But we were both puzzled. He wasn’t who I was looking for. And he wondered whose dog this was. But one thing I knew for sure: it was a Big White Truck. My Good Friends had to be there. He laughed and scratched my head. Mom picked me up, thanked him and told me my Good Friends would come to visit on another day. All was well. I was joyous and carefree. Living unstuck.

Do you get attuned to a sound? A scent? A sight? A memory? And when something like that comes your way, do you want to follow your memory? Want to jump up into the Big White Truck and roll along? I say: Be playful and free. If you want to follow your good thoughts from the past, do it. You can even share them with someone else. Or simply remember them in your own mind . . . and feel good. I live unstuck. And encourage you to do so, too. #UnstuckLiving

The Good Friends are the people in life that make you laugh a little louder, smile a little brighter, and live a little better.”

—Paraphrase from Pinterest

I Love to Play

Duff again. You know, playing is a great pastime. When I enter this arena, the world’s my playground. And what I do is spontaneous. Mom is easily amused so I have a ready audience. Every now and again, I decide it’s time to run as fast as I can. “Run, run as fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m a Gingerbread Man.” Adene Nelson, my Doggy Mommy #1, says my daddy, Mr. Murphy, does the same thing. Brings down the house every time.

I run in circles in the parking lot at work. I run back and forth in the hallway. I “run fast” around the car. After the first two or three rounds, my mom says “Run fast!” and I do. When I get a bit tuckered, I walk off. The game is over for a time. But I can decide to pick it up any time I choose. I am filled with joyous abandon. I live unstuck.

How about you? Do you like to play? Are you light hearted? Bet you raced the neighbor kid down the block when you were young. How long has it been since you played? I say: start to play today. Not tomorrow. Today. It will change your outlook on the world. And I have found you won’t meet up with so many challenges. Live unstuck. #UnstuckLiving

Nobody can be uncheered by a balloon.

—Winnie The Pooh

[or a toy . . . or a bone]

—Addendum by the Duff

Take Time to Play

Ouch! Summer is wrapping up and it’s time to check: have you had your summertime fun yet? Amusement and play shouldn’t end with childhood. And this season is the time for travel, vacations and time out. Time to play. But you tell yourself, “It’s been so long since I had any fun, since I played. I’m stuck and don’t know how anymore. And I still have to mop the floor, arrange the pantry, do the laundry (fill in the blank).” How about scheduling in some time for play? For fun? Or is that a foreign notion?

There is a certain feeling with play. And yes, if it’s been awhile since you played, that feeling might be distant. One way to get into the “play state of being” is to journey back to a time when you did have fun, perhaps as a child. Remember that field trip when you were a kid? Or bicycling to the local A and W root beer stand for a Very Small Glass of that bubbly beverage? Or laying on the grass and looking up at the stars? Or the warmth of the ocean breeze off of the Baja Coast in Mexico? The common denominator to these memories is play and fun.

Stumped for ideas? Want to have some fun before summer ends? Here’s a few starters:

  • Decide what fun means for you now. Perhaps you can’t even remember what you liked to do. Or you’ve outgrown those old activities like a child in a growth spurt. Google “bucket list ideas” or “fun things for adults.” You’re looking for ideas on what would appeal to you at this point in your life. Highlight the ones that sound the most interesting to you.
  • Pencil yourself in. Once you’ve jotted down these “idea starters” for your adult self, watch the magic unfold. Set a goal to pencil yourself into your already busy schedule. Some even say they “take themselves on a date.” You’ll be surprised by what happens (and how you feel).
  • Make up a play box. Kids have toy boxes for their playthings, don’t they? You too can create a drawer for play when you want a break or feel the need to be silly for a time. What can you put in there? Let’s see: jigsaw puzzles, coloring books for adults (these treasures are skyrocketing on Amazon), model airplanes, a harmonica, or even a cook book.

If you allow yourself to play, what’s in it for you? Here are just a few benefits you’ll reap:

  • Activate your mind and boost creativity. Just like a child, when you make a task fun, you are in a more playful mood. New strategies and other options develop from fresh perspectives.
  • Relieve that stress! Remember the difference between going to the gym for exercise and going with friends? The difference is in your attitude, fired up by those feel-good endorphins. Go for it!
  • Feel young and energetic. Ever known a 93 year old with the mindset of a 20 year old? I have a friend who continues to travel and explore the world at that elderly age. She even told me not to call except on Thursday evenings. She’d be out and about, having fun.

I’m curious: how do you plan on having fun as summer draws to a close? Will it be a solo jaunt? Or with friends? Let me know how it works out. I’d love to hear. Leave a comment below.

I hope I have opened the door to enjoying the little things on the Mountain…and in your life.

Bringing over 30 years of experience to her practice, Joan is a highly qualified NLP practitioner and hypnotherapist. She specializes in anxiety, panic attacks, fears, and phobias, using her knowledge to help her clients become no-limit people. Many have found her friendly ways and precise techniques to be the easiest road toward a better life.