Play is a Process

Playflow NOT Workflow

I don't know if it's Friday or Saturday.

It's amazing how we are in a way, time traveling thanks to time zones. The ability to connect with people across the world via Zoom is akin to teleportation. So if you ask me, the future is already here and so are we.

The question is what are you going to do with these powers that you have? I've been exploring different communities and making deeper connections across the world and across time. One such genuinely warm and amazing individual I've had the pleasure of interacting with is Dr. Patricia Zurita

She recently asked me how I'm managing the daily writing. Of course I thumped my chest and said, I'll spin an entire post on that. As luck or laziness would have it, I crashed under the jet/zoom lag and missed my publishing schedule by more than a few hours.

By the time I woke up, Zain Rizvi had filled an apartment full of playpen balls in response to my previous letter. He was curious about the need to rekindle imagination and role play different realities. My belief is that as adults, our energies are solely focused on creating one reality, when in fact we’re capable of being so much more.

But the show must go on and I made a promise to Patricia, so I'm up and ready to write. Infused by my morning dose of alkali, I'm hitting the keys with a vengeance.

Process(ed) Output

1. I usually begin the day with thoughts jostling for attention. Each promising me great insights into the nature of man and at times, nature itself. The mysteries of the material world and the obscure obviousness of the spiritual one. Sometimes, I mumble the arcane thoughts that arise into my watch for fear that I will miss out on magic. Sometimes I just enjoy the lucidness of fleeting thoughts waltzing by.

2. I don't listen to any of the voices in my head and instead connect with voices outside my head. I get on a call with someone, anyone, across the world or across my lawn. I am blessed to have a motley crew of merry (wo)men who gather to connect, collaborate and create. No subject is taboo. No conversation is NSFW. It's in conversation that I unleash the voices in my head.

3. I capture, nay record ideas and insights that resulted from the intercourse of minds. I mull over them as I get out of my head and engage my body in activity. The thoughts percolate, sometimes coagulating morphing into strange entities. I check in on them every hour, to nurture and cajole them. Sometimes add to them, sometimes subtract from them.

4. Towards the end of the day, I have a substantial body of thought that I can pour out like a hot cuppa and send out to everyone that cares. This is where it gets interesting. When I am collecting, connecting and collating all of the above, I'm sometimes struck by a lightning bolt of insight that takes me in an entirely different direction altogether. And I allow it to.

5. A picture is worth a thousand words, so I might pull out my iPad and doodle something embarassing enough to make me cringe a little and exciting enough to make me wanna share it with you. This work of art accompanies the words of wisdom, with a meme or two for good luck. Maybe even embed a tweetling/two I'd been growing.

So there you have it. The process that makes my inane, narcissistic newsletters come to life. Here’s a similar game I use to create in tandem with a partner.

I aim to entertain, educate and enlighten. For that to happen, a particular and peculiar state of mind is needed. Sometimes fear enables this. Sometimes, desire. Both are two sides of the same coin. The eternal flipping between the two, is the energy that drives me forward. To create and to share.

Regardless of what side lands up, I'm using that force to propel myself forward. And I'm taking you all with me. Hang on, it's a bumpy ride but we'll get there. Wherever it is.

Love 💌 p.s. If you have any questions on how you can adapt this to your creative, technical or organisational workflow, hit reply or slide into my DMs.

It is in playing, and only in playing, that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self. - D.W. Winnicott