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To Win At Life . . . Stop Playing Games February 26, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness.
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Wikipedia ~ Australian Rules Football (in Public Domain)

Tired of getting tossed around on the stage of life?

Tired of scoring touchdown after touchdown only to have another goal post appear on the distant horizon?

Tired of getting sacked, tackled, and smacked around by opponents who don’t want you to score?

Tired of listening to the voice in your head that says you’re not good enough as and where you are?




Who says you have to keep moving down the field you’re on?

Wikipedia ~ Australian Football (in Public Domain)

Walk off the field and claim a seat in the bleachers.

From high in the stands, you can see how pointless the game is.

No matter how many points are on the scoreboard.

You see participants being pummeled and pounded into the ground . . . for what?

Bragging rights?

Just who is it that they are trying to impress?

And if they succeed . . . how long will that success echo?

Wikipedia ~ Goal (in Public Domain)

How soon before spectators turn their attention to another player’s efforts?

How soon before the applause diminishes, dissipates, and  disappears?

What are we striving for?

Will the external applause ever be enough to convince us that we are enough as and where we are?

Stop playing games in exchange for applause.

Do what brings you pleasure.  You might just discover that enjoying the journey IS the elusive destination you’ve been seeking all along.


I “borrowed” this quote from Julie’s Gratitude Sunday post because it ties in so well with the theme of “enjoying life” rather than “playing to the applause.”

I am grateful for what I am and have.
My thanksgiving is perpetual . . .  
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches.
No run on my bank can drain it
for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Aah . . . that’s better!