… But Some People Play the Game of Pretending Not to Play the Game

This past year I’ve really rediscovered my creativity, on so many levels.

And not surprisingly, this coincided with discovering play.

Or to quote John Cleese: “Creativity is nothing more than the ability to play”.

Well said, John.

But play and creativity goes deeper than you might think, especially if you apply it to life itself.

For as long as I can remember, life has always been a game to me.

It’s that attitude that has helped me get through some seriously difficult times.

Like an ongoing chessmatch: you take a piece, you lose a few, and when everything falls apart you just reset the board and start a new game.

Pretty damn helpful ‘tude, I tell you.

And in my mind, all of us are players in this game called life.

We’re all in it together, we’re all playing the game.

Except some people play the game of pretending not to play the game.

And that is possibly the worst attitude you could ever have in life.

Because when you’re not in the game, things can get just so heavy.

A setback and your world falls apart.

A loss of some sort and you don’t know what to do with yourself.

Harsh words directed at you and the rest of your day spent in gloom.

But it doesn’t have to be like that.

You too can play the game of life – lightheartedly, and constantly learning and improving your game.

Because yes, it’s all between the ears.

Whatever happens, you get to decide how you perceive it.

THAT is what playing the game of life is about.

Just look at Victor Frankl, author of “Man’s Search For Meaning”.

Came out of a Nazi concentration camp unbroken, and proceeded to change the world.

How’s that for mindset?

Or this Catholic priest, I forget his name.

Also spent time in a concentration camp, but he smiled as the Nazis kicked him down the stairs out front the barracks.

In the snow, bleeding, he smiled at his persecutors, because of his commitment to loving kindness.

This, your life, is your game.

Don’t pretend you’re not playing, because you are.

Question is, what game are YOU playing?

For me, the game is called ‘create joy and growth and prosperity, for myself and for others, all day every day’.

So if you’ve been feeling down, if your year has been hard on you and you want 2017 to be better, consider this:

The game is ON.

Now go play.

Cheers,

Martin


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