April 1, often referred to as April Fool’s Day, can help us recall the need for a little foolishness and fun in our lives. Do we consider play, fun and foolishness as the extras in life and have little time for such frivolity? So many of our waking hours are filled with the practical, the functional, and the necessary, and we forget how to simply play and have fun, which might be considered by industrious people like ourselves to be nonproductive. But we do need to take time to simply play—to be totally involved in some nonproductive activity that comes in a thousand flavors and helps us stay healthy and human. Taking the time for some fun and even spending the necessary funds to do so will help make us healthy, happy and relaxed. Who knows? We might even become a holier and happier person who is also more lovable and cheerful. It seems worth a try.
By Joyce Iten, OSB