The Game of…Life
I pride myself on my competitive nature. I started playing sports at a young age and quickly realized how much more I could expand my skills, my mental toughness, and my physical capabilities when a little healthy competition was present. But over the years, I have learned that competition is an often misused term. As I have grown ‘in,’ I have realized that competition–most often–should be substituted for collaboration…that our viewpoint that there is never enough (therefore, creating a competitive fight for the ‘prize’) is anything but health promoting for our lives. But today, while sitting on a couch, dining on the most nourishing food and playing mindful board game, I discovered the Unexpected Health…in games.
Now, games have a variety of health benefits: games create an activity for people to gather around; a little board game ignites team building and comradery (ever heard of Cranium? Fantastic!); and a healthy sports game can encourage physicality of unknown potential. But the Unexpected Health in games is that playing a game reveals our true selves…and having an avenue for self-disclosure is always healthy.
Tonight, I played a very ‘ungame’ game. For those of you who grew up with me, you know what I am referring to when I say, ‘ungame.’ My family actually had a game called that very same name, and of course, we opted to let the “Ungame” sit and collect dust while we tried to make our first millions at Monopoly. But I now see the value in games that have goals grander than ‘winning…’ that to experience the benefits (the health) of a game, a ‘person on top’ does not need exist.
We are all playing a game…the game of life. We feel like we are ‘losing’ at times; other times, we feel we have the ‘upper hand.’ But really, these are just ebbs and flows in our journey. There is no competitor; no opposing force…there is only ourselves. We are our own worst opposition. Games played through the eyes of expansion know that the only game worth playing is a BIG one; that the game board has only one player. We are given the opportunity to live big lives, to experience great health, and to have fun at this game of life. We are able to roll the dice and see what we land on. Our ‘turn’ reveals our true selves–how we react, how we think, how we position ourselves in the world. So the next time you have the opportunity to play a game of any kind, don’t pass it up. It may be a board game, a sports game, a mind game…but no matter what the variety, know that the game can become a refreshingly healthy mirror for your life’s work here on this earth. And remember (to borrow the phrase once again)…PLAY A BIG GAME! -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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