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Apples to Apples February 17, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Life Balance, Word Play.
Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last night, we attended Pizza and Game Night at the clubhouse.

We ate pizza (duh!) and played Apples to Apples with a few new-to-us faces: Bob, Pam, Jan, and Jane.

Have you ever played Apples to Apples?

If not, here’s a brief glimpse at the game:

* To win, players must “earn” a certain number of Green description cards by playing the closest match they hold in a hand of seven subject cards.

* The rotating Judge decides which subject card wins each hand ~ without knowing who played it.

For example, if I’m the Judge, I place the Green description card for that round face up on the table ~ DELICIOUS.

Players look through their hands to see which of their cards is the most “delicious.”

Sometimes a player has an obvious match ~ LOBSTER or CHOCOLATE.


The game, with its countless permutations, is a metaphor for life. 

The cards you hold in your hand are neither “good” nor “bad.”  Standing alone, they mean nothing.

It’s the interaction and interplay between the description card, the subject cards tossed out by each player, and the Judge’s mindset at the moment that determines whether a player will “earn” the Green description card in a given round.

WORMS, POND SCUM, REGIS PHILBIN, OIL SPILLS, VINCENT VAN GOGH, RATTLESNAKES, and SCORPIONS are not the best subject cards for the description card DELICIOUS.

But what if the description card drawn that round had been DISGUSTING or DANGEROUS or INTENSE or FATAL or FAMOUS?

Winning Apples to Apples requires not holding “good cards” . . . but making the most of the cards you hold.

A bit like life, eh?

If our talents, skills, and abilities lie in the realm of cooking, food, and wine, we might excel as a chef, food critic, or sommelier, but be terrible (and miserable) as a lawyer, doctor, or shoe salesman.

Yesterday, before playing Apples to Apples, we attended a lecture by Dr. Tim Berra on Charles Darwin ~ a fascinating glimpse at the paradigm-shifting  research conducted by Charles Darwin in the 1800’s.

Darwin’s father and grandfather attempted to push Charles into the field of medicine so he could follow in their footsteps.  After two years, Darwin left the Edinburgh School of Medicine to attend the Cambridge School of Divinity.  A better fit, but not a perfect match.

While at Cambridge, Darwin met a botanist who supported his love of Natural History and  helped him set sail with the H.M.S. Beagle.

Darwin’s work, The Origin of the Species,  revealed that Evolution, Natural Selection,  and the Survival of the Fittest involve  an interplay.

It’s not WHO we are that determines our success in life ~ it’s the interaction and interplay between WHO we are and WHERE we find (or place) ourselves that determines whether we hold a winning hand.

We each bring something unique and distinct to the table.  If we hang on too tightly to what isn’t working, we lose the opportunity to gain that which is worth having.

Play your cards well.

Quote:  You must first be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.  ~ Margaret Young

No rules.  Just write!

What about you? 

Is your life a custom fit . . . or do you sometimes feel like an Pineapple masquerading as an Apple?   

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You Are The Garden . . . February 17, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Health & Wellness, Life Balance.

Spirit offers a different perspective on life than that offered by our fearful and fragile Egos.

Instead of looking to others for guidance on what to do, be, say, or think, we look within.

We see what is being offered . . . here, now.

We act mindfully, rather than re-acting mindlessly.

No matter what is happening around us, a bottomless pool of peace, love, joy and hope reside within us.  

Peace is always ours for the asking.

Love grows within.  You are the Garden.  Nurture yourself.

What about you?  

How do you mindfully respond to the situations and challenges you face? 

How do you access peace? 

Meditation?  Prayer?  Creative Visualization?  The Zen of Cooking? 

Quote:  The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heav’n of Hell, or a Hell of Heav’n. ~ John Milton

No rules.  Just write!

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