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Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
-- Margaret Thatcher


Saturday, December 13, 1997


Children quickly take in an enormous amount of information about the world. In a short amount of time, they learn to speak and understand language, to eat, to walk, and a host of other difficult skills. During this period of intense learning, children spend most of their time playing.

Consider the value of playing.

Play has small consequences. Playing is a low risk activity that enables you to let your defenses down. It doesn’t really matter if you lose at a game -- it won’t cause your house to be repossessed. In a low-risk undertaking such as play, you are more open to new ideas and new ways of thinking.

Play is relaxing. It is an opportunity to meet people and share a positive experience. It can be challenging and instructive. It can build confidence. And of course it is fun. If it’s not fun, it’s not play.

Take some time to play on a regular basis. Do something just for the fun of doing it. You just might learn something new.

— Ralph Marston

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