Games People Play: Life and Play (Part III)

By | July 2, 2012

Come back Cat making a victory duck face



















When we began to examine Plato’s quote “Life must be lived as play” yesterday we looked at the serious side of play, but more important may be the lessons of perseverance and recovery that one often learns from sports. I have spoken of this to my children many times, when they have become distraught over schoolwork or test scores. I think that life as play gives you more opportunities to recover than we may originally think. As an example, the golf games that I play with my youngest daughter Catherine are hotly contested affairs even though the stakes are small. Early on Catherine would get down on herself after a couple of bad holes early on in the game. I would always tell her that there is a lot more golf to be played. Furthermore, I know from other activities swimming and tennis as well as golf that Catherine is a notoriously slow starter. It never fails that somewhere on the back nine Catherine starts a charge. Sometimes she catches me and sometimes she doesn’t, but I would estimate that nine times out of ten, the results of the match are decided in the last two holes, often on the last green. In life as in golf I agree with Yogi Berra who said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

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