Poetry, Art, Love, Magic, Joy, Excitement, Adventure, Mystery, Danger… it’s all real.
Sometimes you need to be reminded.
Step right up ladies and gentlemen… this is LIFE!
And it can be magic if you let it.
Magic, you say?
But you can’t just wait for the magic… you must SUMMON it…
My daughter recently learned to make choices via the eeny meeny miny mo method.
As an adult, of course, I realize how easy this method is to rig. If the rhyme is the same every time, you just start wherever you need to for it to come out in your favor.
So in the car today, I presented her one solution to this dilemma, instilling a more random bent to the eeny miny method.
For a few years now I’ve been hooked on all the great board games coming over from Europe. After cutting my teeth on Settlers of Catan, I was all in.
However, while they go over great when I get the guys together every other month or so, they just aren’t taking off at my family game night.
People aren’t paying attention, they keep getting up from the table, they miss basic concepts of the game… It’s SO frusterating! And they ASKED me to bring these games!
The problem is, I was so busy worrying about all the fun THEY were missing (ruining), that I was missing the point of family game day to begin with:
HAVING FUN TOGETHER!
I know how it is:
You hear some friend talk about the fun board game they played over the weekend and you think…
Man, I need to play games more often.
And so you try to get some people together but schedules don’t match up.
2 days before the game, one of the few people who were coming backs out and it’s down to 2 or 3 of you, but the game you wanted to play really needed 4 players.
It sucks, I know!
The problem is… those things won’t change.
Schedules will always conflict.
Things will always come up last minute.
Don’t be discouraged!
You can make game day happen!
Chained down. Locked up. Barricaded, withheld, tethered, restrained…
Does this describe you? Even a little bit?
Couldn’t you be having more fun than you’re having? Couldn’t you be laughing more? Playing more? Contributing more?
But at some point in our lives, someone we know (probably someone we even love) put some kind of chain around us and slapped a lock on it.
And more than likely, the chain is forged with the metal of fear. Fear of failure. Fear of being disappointed (or of disappointing others). Fear of losing something. Fear of learning something new about ourselves. Fear of learning we were right all along…