Do you remember how to have fun? Or has it been a while?

If you you wrote a letter to fun would it sound something like this?

Dear Fun, Have you forgotten me?

You don’t write.

We don’t talk anymore.

What did I ever do to you?

I used to be the fun parent, wife, husband, friend, co-worker etc. but now I’m so serious. I’m always thinking about what needs to get crossed off of my list, who needs what, how will deal with XYZ.

Life has become about dealing with things rather then enjoying them – it is all work and no play. Please come back fun!

Help me remember how to have you in my life again.

Your Friend – Me

Even though I’m a generally happy person, my introspection makes it tempting to get sucked into my own thoughts, creating solutions and constantly trying to figure things out. When I get super focused and caught up in the “doing” loop, it kills my creativity and spirit. Yet, over the years God has taught me how to reopen the door to fun which takes practice as an adult. It doesn’t come naturally like it did as a kid.

What about you?

Are you chasing fun away ?

You can rebuild your relationship with fun so your can enjoy life’s journey.

Below are 3 tips to help you remember how to have fun:

1) Do Your Soul Thing: What makes you smile? What makes your heart happy? Create a list of these things – so you have them in the forefront on your mind. Here are some examples:

  • Writing
  • Drawing
  • Making something
  • Sending thank you notes or letters
  • Listing to music
  • Listening to the Bible
  • Catching up with friends
  • Goofing off
  • Playing games
  • Funny t-shirts
  • Meeting new people
  • Walking/hiking outside
  • Playing with a pet
  • Hanging out with your family without an agenda

2) Stop Adulting: When you make time to let go of responsibilities, just for a while, you set your inner child free. Take a day or a few hours and get rid of ant agenda!  Allow yourself to do whatever you want like you did when you were a kid. As an adult you forget how to live in your freedom. Freedom is rejuvenating but tales some practice to claim.

3) Notice: Deep down you never really forgot how to have fun. God wired you in His image and through Christ you have joy abundant IF you receive it. Life’s demands and a 24 hour society can choke out your God given joy if you’re not careful. Notice when this starts to happen, revisit the items above.  Notice when you’re having fun and being playful and what you’re doing in that moment. Then decide to do more of that. Sure your have seasons in life that are hard yet there is always room and time to spend time doing your soul thing.

Which of these 3 tips will you apply to your life today?

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