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Power of Play

Lhasa, Tibet
Mobile Mini Circus for Children, Kabul, Afghanistan

Life is playfulness.
We need to play so that we can
rediscover the magic all around us.
– Flora Colao

Forte Di Bard, Italy

We are never more fully alive,
more completely ourselves,
or more deeply engrossed in anything,
than when we are at play.
– Charles Schaefer

La Fortuna, Honduras
Afghanistan

Creative people are curious,
flexible, persistent, and independent with a
tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.
– Henri Matisse

Mexico

Men do not quit playing because they grow old;
they grow old because they quit playing.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Paris, France

Play energizes us and enlivens us.
It eases our burdens.
It renews our natural sense of optimism
and opens us up to new possibilities.
– Stuart Brown

Umbria, Italy

As we play, we open ourselves
to the exploration of our edges, always
creating new adventures of self-exploration.
– Judith-Annette Milburn

Darjeeling, India

Culture arises and unfolds in and as play.
– Johan Huizinga

Shaolin Monastery, China

Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.
– Diane Ackerman

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Play is training for the unexpected.
– Marc Bekoff

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations
to move beyond the bounds of reality.
A stick can be a magic wand; a sock can be a puppet.
A small child can be a superhero.
– Fred Rogers

 Mali

People tend to forget that play is serious.
– David Hockney

Tibet

A little nonsense now and then,
is cherished by the wisest men.
– Roald Dahl

Havana, Cuba

A child loves his play,
not because it’s easy,
but because it’s hard.
– Benjamin Spock

Lhasa, Tibet

Play is the exultation of the possible.
– Martin Buber

Washington Square Park, New York, USA

It is a happy talent to know how to play.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

France

Play, while it cannot change the
external realities of children’s lives,
can be a vehicle for children to explore,
enjoy their differences and similarities,
and to create, even for a brief time,
a more just world where everyone is
an equal and valued participant.
– Patrica G. Ramsey

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Mobile Mini Circus for Children
http://www.afghanmmcc.org/Fun/

By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

To read more about Steve go to www.stevemccurry.com/bio

40 replies on “Power of Play”

Thank you for this. When I write poetry or paint, I call it my play time. But you remind me that to use my body more and move playfully is a lot of fun too, and so healing.

Dear Steve ,when I’m down,I take my camera ,and walk in the streets,to smell life, and feel alive with all little things I can catch outside instead to stay home and desesperated ,because of you and your love for life,I feel the same for reality and people,so I don’t want to stay inside myself and want to share life with others with pictures!!!

Thank you Stevebhai for these superb photos .

Life is a play.

“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realise it is play.”

I LOVE THIS ONE SO MUCH!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On Thu, Aug 31, 2017 at 3:25 PM, Steve McCurry’s Blog wrote:

> Steve McCurry posted: ” Life is playfulness. We need to play so that we > can rediscover the magic all around us. – Flora Colao We are never more > fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in > anything, than when we are at play. – Charles Schae” >

Play is why we enjoy every single moment with our young grandchildren. Their life is an open book and playing with them is a joy. Keeps us young a heart.

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