I finally got to play it last week at a party. It consists of blocks that you stack into a tower and then you remove one block at a time, placing the block you took on top of the tower. You do this hoping the tower doesn’t fall. Obviously, there will come a time when it will!
Here’s what this game taught me –
I began the game not wanting to make a mistake, so I was timid and serious at the start. After the first tower fell (not on me!) I got more and more comfortable removing blocks from the bottom, even as the tower would start to sway. I found I enjoyed being daring!
LESSON 1: Trying to look good impedes learning and experience. And having fun!
After learning Lesson 1, I began to see the tower differently, and as a result how I played changed. I paid attention to details I wouldn’t normally notice and experimented. After all, it wasn’t IF the tower would fall, but WHEN. Admittedly, when it did fall, we all laughed and rebuilt the tower and played again.
LESSON 2: Once you stop focusing on not making a mistake you’re capacity to learn expands. And having fun!
I didn’t know any of these people when I arrived. Lesson 2 led to becoming part of the group! Everyone was in this together; each with different styles of play, each playing their part.
LESSON 3: Working together creates its own energy and can build community. It’s definitely great when there’s a spirit of cooperation and, may I mention, fun!
Which leads me to….
LESSON 4: Play and fun does a person good! So why separate play and fun from our everyday life? What if you could combine things you do and add a touch of fun? You could dance as you vacuum, do the dishes, and/or brush your teeth. Skip as you go to another room in your home. How about taking a moment while online and look up a funny joke and share it with someone?
There’s always a game of Jenga!
Here’s a link to start your fun!
Here’s to your Life Breakthroughs!