Seriousness is life’s poison and its only antidote is playfulness.
Because of the way we are brought up, we become very serious. Seriousness means that you have become insensitive. Seriousness means that you cannot follow the rhythm of existence, this hilarious cosmic dance. You turn into a zombie, alive yet merely surviving, secure but deep down afraid–and fear brings with it other negativities: shame, jealousy, hatred, greed, misery, depression.
Playfulness means to experience life to the fullest, to explore, to discover, to celebrate and smile at situations. It means to get totally involved in the game of life and yet see life as a game. Life is a game and one can have much fun playing it. Don’t get too serious about it. You can even see suffering as a part of this game. But once you see it this way, suffering immediately turns into laughter. And the transformative power of laughter is tremendous. When you can laugh at suffering, suffering is seen under a new light. An alchemical reaction takes place. The grey of life becomes an immensely beautiful synthesis of harmonically arranged colors.
Seriousness means sadness, and sadness can only be killed with a wide smile. Never forget to be playful, because once playfulness is lost in our lives, we are lost too.
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