Lessons from Settlers of Catan
My partner and his daughter love playing games. So do I, of a certain variety. Cribbage? Yes! Scrabble? Bring it! Bananagrams? Undefeated! Ping pong? I’m not very good, but I’ll play! I just don’t care for board games of strategy such as Monopoly, Risk and Settlers of Catan (no offense, devoted fans).
However, they both indulge my cribbage cravings so I willingly reciprocate by agreeing to play Settlers on occasion. The last time we played, I was agonizing over my next move. I didn’t know where to place a new section of road and sat staring at the board, getting more confused and tense by the minute. I finally said, “This is too stressful!”
My partner smiled and gently replied, “You can’t take it so seriously.”
His words lit a light in my heart that dispelled a whole lot of shadow I didn’t even know I was harboring. In that moment, I realized that I have a habit of placing a great deal of weight what I do and say, even when I don’t really need to. I mean, it’s just a board game – which is supposed to be fun! Was I really weighing a section of road in my hand as if the decision were on a scale with a grand jury vote?
Um, yeah, I kinda was.
So thanks to Settlers and my wise sweetheart, I have my theme for 2012. As the Indigo Girls sing, “Help me take my life less seriously – it’s only life, after all.” My wish is that I get really good at discerning what is truly serious while letting the rest be light and fun and joyful.
What’s your theme for 2012?