Have You Played Today?

Barbara Fagan
3 min readMar 23, 2021


This morning I played pickleball. So much fun! This sport has reintroduced me to the joy of play. I feel like a kid on a recess break during school. In fact, I am taking a pickleball class right now at the local community college and I slip away from work for an hour, two days a week, right in the middle of the day. It is glorious.

Haven’t heard of pickleball? Well, it’s a hybrid of tennis, badminton and ping-pong, and it’s the fastest-growing sport in America. It was actually invented in the 1960s in Washington state by parents trying to create some summer fun for their kids. According to one of the inventors, Barney McCallum, the name comes from his dog Pickles who would chase the ball and run off with it.

If you haven’t tried pickleball, I recommend you give it a go. It’s relatively easy for beginners to learn and is social and friendly in nature.

If not pickleball, then find some other way to play. Check out this article: Adults Need Play — 10 Ways to Have More Fun and Play More as an Adult.

  1. Set the goal of playing more.
  2. Decide what fun means for you.
  3. Set a fun minimum.
  4. Put fun in your schedule.
  5. Create a play drawer.
  6. Combine fun with other activities.
  7. Have more fun at work.
  8. Have play-dates with your significant other.
  9. Befriend a fun person.
  10. Hang out with a kid.

For ideas on how to create more fun and joy at work, check out the ROI blog Does Your Work “Spark Joy”?

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This project is near and dear to my heart. Our goal is to bring more humanity to the workplace. The result is improved productivity, better results and happier people. It’s a win, win, win.

Have fun!

Barbara Fagan-Smith
Chief Catalyst, Living ROI



Barbara Fagan

Founder and CEO of ROI Communication and the Chief Catalyst for Living ROI. She is committed to helping people and organizations bring their best to the world.