Every morning I post on our Time to Play News social media pages.
Usually I wait for something in the news or something in an
experience that hits me to share a thought of something I learned.
I’m just a person – and we all are people – who have
something to offer to someone else, whether through life experience or
education or seeing something that could help another. This is really the vision behind all I’ve been
working toward – to bring people together to help each other, people helping
This morning I was giving my dogs a bone and my dog Charlotte’s face beamed in absolute joy. . . Joy that was so strong that it was tangible and I felt her joy.
I searched Google for “absolute joy” to post a picture or a
meme. There was NOTHING for me to use to
depict “absolute joy” that came up. Just
information on depression, things about rescuing animals, articles on easy to
implement ideas to bring joy into your life and things like that.
Wow. What a message,
right? This was a clear picture of our
For years I have been researching statistics on the lack of happiness
in our lives and the increase of sick and sad and need for healing and change
and existing and surviving. Did you know
that the self-help and recovery industries have grown to $50 billion a year
with a 77% recidivism rate that keeps people coming back again and again?
My goal has been to shift our thinking and perspective
instead to an enjoy life solution focus and encourage us to shift our thinking
to the positive and possibilities — to make the moments of our day feel like
we are at play instead of just struggling through each day existing and
surviving and living in pain and despair.
After today, I see that the work I have been striving to
achieve is even more needed than I thought.
We each deserve to live in absolute joy.
We deserve to savor our moments and to see the beauty in the
Today I wish you absolute joy, to see something that makes
It is possible to shift our thinking and perspective to make
every moment feel like we are at play.
It is always our choice.
After all, it is time to enjoy life. It is Time to
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Doreen Guma, MA, FACHE, CPC, CLC: Doreen holds a Bachelor of Science in
Management, a Masters in Business and Policy Studies, is a Fellow of the
American College of Healthcare Executives, a Certified Social and Emotional
Intelligence Coach, Certified Professional Coach, Certified Life Coach, and the
author of the book, If I
Knew Then What I Know Now, Our Quest for Quality of Life.
Doreen is the founder of the Time to Play Foundation, a 501c3 not
for profit organization with the mission and purpose to enrich the lives of
others through programs, public awareness outreach activities, events and
learning opportunities that further the concept of enjoying life. The
Foundation’s website, www.TimetoPlayFoundation.org, has
resources, events and articles for a person to learn what they need to know for
a better life.
The Foundation offers an unconventional approach in a
non-threatening manner to provide solutions for the life situations that people
may encounter. Working in healthcare since 1987, and with her background in
quality improvement, she has followed statistics showing our society’s current
evolution to be more “sick and sad”. She developed the Time to Play Philosophy:
you have to
be happy, healthy, have money and a work / life balance for quality of life and believes everyone has the ability to