It’s time to embrace your inner child.  You know…the one who had fun at a drop of a hat. the one who was full of the joys of spring, yes…that one.

Remember as children we would sometimes play an imaginary game, a game we made up in our inner world, where we would have cars, or dolls, or other inanimate objects come to life and experience whatever we made up with our thoughts?  Or was it just me?

Nah, it still happens.

I see it in kids today – they have an innate ability to imagine any story or idea they choose and then play out the scenes that they’ve made up as they went along.  They get lost in their land of make believe and in that moment of time, it’s as real to them as the real world is to us.  They’re totally immersed in it, engrossed to the point of shutting out this so called ‘real world’.

Mermaid and Her Pet

In effect they’re practicing using their creative power.  This ability lives in every one of us still, only now we use it less for play and more because we recognize its creative power in our world.

Or not.

Maybe we’re using it unconsciously and are totally, horribly surprised at what we encounter in our day.

[success] All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players: They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts. ~ Shakespeare[/success]

We are all operating on the stage of life; our whole life is a play that’s written by us, produced by us, directed by us and then acted by us.  We’re not puppets at the whim and whimsy of some arbitrary outside force, we’re powerful creative beings making our life experience as we go along.  We know how to do it, we practiced it as kids.

Open Air Theatre

[success] Man has his future within him, dynamically alive at this present moment. ~ Maslow[/success]

And our future is being created and dramatized, rehearsed within and reflected onto the screen of life for all to see.   Not happy with your cast of characters?  Don’t bother asking them to change…it’s your script after all and change can only take place where it originated…within you.

Don’t like the story line?  Unhappy with your play?  Write a new one.  Imagine a different truth for yourself.  

And never forget this:
[success] We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. Shaw[/success]
Encourage one another.
Love Elle.
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Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. “All the world’s a stage…” always sends shivers up and down my spine. It reminds me that when I was a kid, I used to sometimes get this image of myself sitting in a chair, with everything black, and only a spotlight shining on me. I used to wonder,”Which world is real?”

    • Elle

      Now that’s really cool Julie – both the spotlight and the question. Now I have a question for you, have you had your spotlight moment in this physical world yet? 🙂

        • Elle

          I bet it’s not too far away Julie…can’t wait to hear about it when it arrives. Are you just letting it unfold in front of you, like some beautiful flower, or do you have a clue as to what it’ll be?

  2. Elle I love this post yes i am going to let my inner child out to play today and I love this We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. Shaw

    I see this in so many people

    namaste Suzie xx

    • Elle

      It’s so nice to see you Suzie.. I wrote it because I’d been watching the kids as they imagined all kinds of amazing things and remembered when! I knew it was time.

      As an artist you’re probably more in touch with your inner child than the rest of us might be, but that quote from George Bernard Shaw really hits the nail on the head for me. I’m off to play. 🙂

  3. I’m still a kid, really…haven’t actually bothered to grow up…more Fun please
    be good to yourself

    • Elle

      I know what that’s like David, I’m married to one and it’s wonderful…I laugh all the time. 🙂

    • Elle

      I can tell Vidya when I read your blog. I like playing with you – you have the best games. 🙂

  4. Ellen..There’s nothing more that I love doing than play. It’s free and one of the most life affirming thing you can do for yourself. And it is a critical element of becoming a functioning human being. xxoo-Fran

    • Elle

      What a great view Fran, play being a critical element of our humanity. I’m so happy I have my Darling One to remind me what fun it is to be eight years old…sometimes I do forget. 🙂

  5. Elle,
    I just love how you get right to the point. There are no excuses for an unhappy life. I love Julie’s comment and your question back. Happy Thursday!

    • Elle

      And happy Thursday to you Tess…although I’d bet most of your days are happy…you are such an adventurer in this life. Love your hiking photos – now that looks like a lot of fun. 🙂

  6. I love this post Elle! It’s so true that you are the author of your own story! I love when you say if you don’t like the story, write a new one! Your positivity inspires me.

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