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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Remember, It's a Game

Imagine this. You and your best friend are playing some kind of one-on-one game: ping pong, maybe, or hoops, or Stratego.

During the progress of the game, your entire focus is on winning. You still play by the rules, but within those parameters, you are brutal in your drive for victory.

Then, the game is over. After the winner does a little taunting, the game is forgotten, and you relax back into the easy rhythm of your friendship.

That, my friends, is an excellent metaphor for what I have come to think of as "the metaphorical way of living."

Expounded in the Bhagavad Gita, extolled by C. G. Jung and Joseph Campbell, the idea is that we put everything we have into our effort, without being invested in the results. Jung somewhere described it as living "as if." There are few certainties in life, but we live "as if" truth is available, and love never dies.

So get out there and play the Game of Life. Play to win, but remember that when the game is over, it doesn't really matter who wins, but rather that the game was well-played.

You'll be happier.

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