Posted by Nicki Peasley Share Your Voice

About a week ago, I realized I'd been taking myself way too seriously. This whole idea of a purpose-driven life was driving me through every avenue of my existence. Even in the entertainment I was pursuing--the books I was reading, the music I was listening to, and the tv I was wactching--all purpose related.

And then last Saturday, my kids told me that I wasn't fun anymore. Ouch. Once I moved past my hurt feelings and my weak defense ("Me? Not fun? I'm the queen of fun..."), I made some phone calls and organized a neighborhood touch football game. And guess what? It was fun!

Since then, I have made a conscious effort to incorporate at least a dash of frivolous fun into my day--everyday. My kids were mortified when they found me dancing like a crazy lady in our back yard yesterday--but I could see in their eyes that they were pleased as punch to have their fun mom back again.

Impactful leadership, in whatever role we play, requires a balance of purpose and fun. Certainly, purpose is a huge part of the foundation for a happy life... and so is the occasional root beer float for breakfast!



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