Having Fun At Work . . . Yes . . . It IS possible!

Jan 25th
Opposite Day is a day that completely reminds me of my kids when they were little – oh my goodness, every time they got themselves going doing or saying the opposite of the other I’d about lose my mind.  The game always ended up in an argument, and someone would be crying.  This is a day when everything you say, do, see or hear is opposite – all topsy, turvy and backwards!   Opposite Day can be a whole lot of fun – if you’re a child. It can also be very, very confusing. This special day is celebrated primarily among school children.  With that in mind though – the old adage that opposites attract could come into play today . . . so all you single folks out there, keep your eyes open and have a little opposites fun.

A Room Of One’s Own Day appears to be a day that was created by the folks at www.wellcat.com.  I understand the sentiment! Everyone needs a space to call their own and for many parents that isn’t something that is easy to come by.  While my kids were growing up I longed for a quiet place I could go, that I didn’t have to share with anyone else, to collect my thoughts, have my special things that I didn’t necessarily want to have all around the house.  If you could have any room, all to yourself, what would it look like?  Mine would look very much like this one, if I could plan it all for myself.  What would yours be like?

Fun At Work Day  is a day to have fun at work – and if you don’t usually have a pleasant experience at work, make SOMETHING fun happen today at least. In an ideal world we would all love what we do for work so much that every day would be fun.  Work is intended to be a place where we get work done – but you are able to get work done and have a lot of fun doing it, then you are a very lucky person.  Unfortunately, all of us are not lucky enough to have a job that’s fun to do. If that’s you, then today is a day just for you! Think of ways to make your job more fun and exciting. Look to do some fun things at work today, even if it takes away from production just a wee bit.

Please Note: If you do fun things today that are counter-productive, or takes you away from the job, make sure you get your boss’ permission first. Better still, get him or her involved.  I am pretty fortunate that my boss and I share a lot of laughter each day – we sit 5 feet apart, so this is a really great thing!

National Pre-School Fitness Day   – The last Friday in January is National Preschool Health and Fitness Day. No matter who you are, it is important to help bring attention in some way to the problem that childhood obesity has become. Here are some reasons why:

1. Childhood obesity is now recognized as having its roots during the preschool years. Recent studies have even indicated that children as young as 9 months are already affected. Many researchers believe the process begins even earlier than that while babies are still in the womb. Regardless of what age childhood obesity really begins, it is never too young to instill healthy lifestyle habits.

2. Other diseases that have always been considered diseases of adulthood are now cropping up in children. Children leave preschool with up to 5 risk factors for heart disease. Children as young as age two are already afflicted with adult onset diabetes. These along with a number of musculoskeletal, orthopedic, psychological and metabolic disorders are now associated with the younger years.

3. The lifestyle habits that are necessary to halt and reverse the above alarming trends must be taught during the early, formative years. There’s a reason why children are shown how to brush their teeth, take a bath, use the potty and groom themselves during the preschool years. This is the time behaviors are planted for life. Eating healthy and exercising regularly are habits that children need to learn from the start. It’s easier and much more effective to build healthy habits than to change unhealthy ones years later.

Let today be a day of fun, filled with laughter.  Be grateful it is Friday and that we have made it through another work week.  Take a walk, or get in at least some light exercise.  We cannot educate our youth about being fit if we are a bunch of couch potatoes, right?  Irritate someone – briefly – with the oppositives game.  That’s an easy one to carry a little too far, so be aware of how many buttons you may be pushing in the other people in the room.  But most of all, be blessed, thank the Good Lord for the gift of celebrating life.  I’ll see you tomorrow.

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