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Daily Obstruction: Instructional Analogy

10 Jul

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Instructional Analogy

 

As in play, so too in life.

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Daily Obstruction: Playtime

3 Jul

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Playtime

 

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

 

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Divine Play

 

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

Daily Obstruction: Going for the Gold Watch?

6 Apr

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Going for the Gold Watch?

 

“I have been doing such-and-such for over twenty years.”  Most people, when they hear words to that effect, interpret them as a virtue: consistency, dependability, reliability, dedication, etc.  I hear a lack of imagination, and stagnation due to fear, comfort, and complacency.  But what it really comes down to, I suppose, is what “such-and-such” is and how you do it.

Daily Obstruction: Too Far

2 Mar

 

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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.

Contracting & Expanding

20 Nov

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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.