One of the things that disempowers us in life is the fact that we get Significant or take our life and ourselves too seriously. Most of us could lighten up a bit, enjoy things more, and have more fun. It’s one thing many people say they regret when confronted with death. So treating things like a Game, even though some things may be really important to us, can free us up to enjoy more.
Lightening – When a difficult situation is at hand, a powerful question to ask is: “What is the worst thing that could happen?. Once this is realized, we can then decide what to do from there on. Once we know the worst, we can flow with the situation and create something different, knowing that if the worst does happen we can handle it.
It can be exciting to see how bringing game into a situation can bring such lightness. Creating a game can lift some of the burden and heaviness around any situation and make it seem less stressful. It doesn’t mean, it isn’t import, it just isn’t as heavy.
Treating things like a Game, even though some things may be really important to us, can free us up to enjoy more. This usually leads us to be more effective in the particular task we are involved in, anyway.
A great tool to use with clients to bring in the “lightening effect” is the Game of Life Program. This could be a game that is set up each week so the client can track whether they are bringing in game and thus lightening the situation; or allowing significance to slip in.
Awareness is one of the first steps to Lightening. Using this tool will provide awareness. By tracking the situations where significance is playing a big role, we can begin to see a pattern. Once the pattern is discovered, we can take action towards changing that pattern and start to lighten the situation.
Sometimes it may not be appropriate to make a game or to be light about a situation. Therefore, one has to know when to significant or to be light.