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Daily Obstruction: Competitors

4 Aug

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Com + petere – To strive, to seek together.  Competitors strive for their personal best together because a worthy opponent pushes one to do better.  Competitors seek for their greatest self together because a true adversary brings out the best in oneself.

Daily Obstruction: Instructional Analogy

10 Jul


Instructional Analogy


As in play, so too in life.

Daily Obstruction: Playtime

3 Jul





If life were a zero-sum game, then the fact would be that ultimately we all end in the zero column.  If it’s not a zero-sum game, then, it’s not strictly a competitive game.  None of us win in the end, but all of us can play simply for fun.

Daily Obstruction: Divine Play

12 Jun




Divine Play


Birth and death – the divine play akin to peekaboo and hide-and-seek.

Daily Obstruction: Fun

27 May




There’s a difference between “happiness” and “fun.”  Fun often includes, even necessitates, challenge, struggle, fear, and failure – but all in the name of the game.

Daily Obstruction: Justice & Fairness

17 May



Justice & Fairness


There is more than a casual correlation between our desire for fairness in sports and games and our quest for justice in more “serious” realms.

Daily Obstruction: Too Far

2 Mar




Taking It Too Far


Math, economic transactions, games, sports, music, dance, even something as “simple” as just sitting – have you ever noticed that we turn everything that should be easy into something tremendously difficult and complicated?

Daily Obstruction: It’s Not a Matter of Winning or Losing, It’s How You Play the Game

21 Dec

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It’s Not a Matter of Winning or Losing, It’s How You Play the Game


Just as entering the court or the field to commence play, the game begins with all its rules and time-limits, so too does the timeless soul enter the body.

Beingless Sins – a Daily Obstruction

6 Dec

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Beingless Sins


We love to make obstacles for ourselves where there are none – original sin, innate evil, The Fall.  Metaphysical, psychological, spiritual, theological obstructions to overcome in The Great Game.

Contracting & Expanding

20 Nov


Contracting & Expanding

  1. Freedom – Very young children like the playground of pure imagination – being a pirate on a make-believe ship, imitating a lion, walking on the moonscape of the mind’s eye.
  2. Law – Eventually they outgrow the mindscape of make-believe and prefer the playground of rules and roles – the grid of the football field, the confines of the basketball court, the complex strategies of board-games. The unstructured playground is “kid-stuff” to them now.  Fun is found within the rigid, bound, limits of the game. The imaginative mind has narrowed.
  3. Liberty – At a certain point, the free play of imagination opens up to some. Second childhood.  They have discovered the “liberty” of creativity.  Liberty is freedom created by law: fiction emerging out of the innumerable rules of grammar, spelling, convention, etc.; improvisation arising from the rules of harmony, rhythm, dissonance, etc.; dancing galvanized by the bounds of physics.