The power of connection through games

May 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“At the end of the game, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.”
– Italian Proverb

At Explore Discover Act we love playing games. Not just because they can be so much fun, bring on fits of laughter and excitement, provide valuable learning opportunities around social skills such as communication but most importantly because they highlight and build connection within the group. We have all seen examples in our homes, playgrounds and schools, kids who have been initially reluctant to engage with others that they meet in one of these settings. Then after they have established a game themselves or been assisted to participate in play, the children become inseparable and the connection has been formed.

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.”
– Wayne Gretzky

Connection is the glue that holds our humanness together. It provides us with a sense of purpose and adds meaning to our lives. We experience this through an authentic sharing of self and support within our networks, families, friends and links to community. However, being human means that we are imperfect, with all of us encountering successes and challenges along the journey. The connection that we experience with ourselves, others and the world around us gives us the strength to overcome feelings of vulnerability and take the shots spoken about in the quote above. This I feel is an important reminder that games can illustrate, through a safe environment, the building of awareness and appreciation of the possibilities available and your potential in various situations.

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
– Henry Ford

Sometimes as adults we forget to allow time to play. In our 21st century world, with all its busyness, technology and pressures, it is important to go back to our childlike curiosity of exploring the possibilities, discovering your potential and then acting authentically. Within this process it is safe to be a learner, to not be an expert at any particular skill, just being engaged and involved, having fun and discovering more about yourself, others and the world around us can open the door to connection. What game will you join in or initiate today, sparking creativity, energy and connection for yourself or others. Have a great weekend!

“I now see how gifts like courage, compassion, and connection only work when they are exercised. Every day.”
– Brene Brown

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