Monday, July 11, 2011

The Games I Play

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

Susan Ertz
Life is unfinished business. A rainy Sunday afternoon is a good time to start preparing for immortality. Of course, you can waste time like everyone else does by meandering around your mental meadow waiting for your life to start. Or you can get really involved in that crossword puzzle or the jig saw puzzle and tell yourself you're accomplishing something. You can watch the game (there's always a game) on TV. That'll be fun. It's all recreation, and there's nothing wrong with that. But is it really re-creation?

If you have folks around you to share the games, the puzzles, stories, laughs, good conversation, you're lucky. If not you have to be

inventive about how you spend (waste) your time.

When I was a youngster someone gave me a big box of games: checkers, chess, Parcheesi, Monopoly, and I don't remember what else. Since I had no one to play with I learned how to change all of them into solitaire games. I invented games.

I still do. I got tired of child's games. But an artist is always a child at heart, so I began to invent more serious, more creative games. They involved composing music, painting, writing and the performing arts.

I'm not an actor any more but on a rainy Sunday afternoon, or any afternoon, I will be at play, painting or writing my stories. And each thing I invent will go on the alter with a prayer for it's immortality and mine.

DB - The Vagabond
Never give up.


It's a long, hot, sticky summer, so here's a hot, sticky question for you. Don't let the recent New York State decision rob you of your thunder.

Same sex marriage. Should it be legal or not? If so, why? If not, why not?

8 answers so far.

You have until the last day of summer, but don't dally.
I eagerly await your answer.



Geo. said...

I have a favorite quote (as usual) about immortality, from Woody Allen:"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying." And my 74 year-old friend, Willy (who often comments at my blog), intends to live forever. In reply to "how's it going?", he always says, "So far, so good!" The games and puzzles one receives as a child, I think, are meant to exercise those parts of the mind receptive to life. So far, so good.

Donna. W said...

I always have a quotation under the header on my blog, usually one about the current season. But I like the one at the beginning of this entry so much, I decided to steal it as my current quotation. So very true.

krissy knox said...

Your "creative games" inspire us all, db, especially your writing in your blog!

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Ken Riches said...

Life gives us so many things to do, it is a treat to sit down and actually play a board game. We did do that on our vegecation, Scrabble.