I've been calling myself a "Funsmith" for a while now. And I've been calling what I do "Deep Fun" for a very long while.

Oddly enough, this thing's become so intuitive that it's still a bit of a struggle to make it clear to people who don't know me. So I've been working on it. Playing with it.

My most recent attempt begins like this:
Say you want to make something more fun - a game, a toy, your job, your company, your relationship with your spouse or kids, your life...

So you call or email or Skype your local Funsmith, and you say: "I want to make something more fun." And you arrange to meet, by phone, by email, over Skype, at a coffee shop, or at a local park for a walk'n talk. For, say, a couple hours. For some agreed-upon, agreeable sum.

You know this Funsmith is a fun guy - warm, welcoming, caring, insightful, and most of all, playful, very playful. An expert player, in fact - someone who knows many different ways to play, many different kinds of games and many ways to play them, who knows how to have fun, how to create fun, how to share fun, how to be fun. A professional player. Someone so playful and so knowledgeable that you'd pay to play with that person - for a lot of reasons. Because it's fun to be with that person. Because you like yourself even more when you're with that person. Because, during the time you or your child or your parents spend together with this person, you can, without any sense of guilt or obligation, expect that that person will focus all that playful expertise entirely on them. On having fun with them. On helping them find ways to make things more fun.

Let's say you are the one who goes to that person, every week, for a couple of hours, every other week, or month or whenever you feel like going. Even if all you did was play together, it'd be worth it. Because it'd be fun - real, meaningful, personal, deep fun. And because this professional player always makes the rules negotiable, adjustable, the only goal being to find a way to play so that you can all enjoy the game, all be challenged, together - it'd be a lesson in how you, too, could make things fun again, even if they were only games.?
Here's the whole thing.

I'd appreciate any comments, suggestions, random associations, and especially appreciate the opportunity to be yours.


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