Just Pick Up the Ball and Play
What do you do when there is nothing left to do? As adults, we are granted much wisdom with the passage of time. Sadly, the answer to this question is absent from this sage knowledge. You see, what now stumps you as an adult was known to you intuitively as a child.
Rekindle the Kid in You
That is right. You play! Deep down you know this to be true. When all work is complete, and all obligations are met, you play. Think back to when you were a kid running aimlessly on the playground. Now, imagine the adult you interrupting this flow with a question to quell some curiosity. “Why do you play, young child?” With equal servings of amazement and bewilderment you would answer:
Because I do.
Because it is fun.
And, just because.
There is no reason to play, and the minute you look for one, it ceases to exist.
One billion. This figure is how many results Google returns to the query, “How do you play?” Explore the offerings, and you will find help on how to play chess, the guitar, Pokemon and the like. But I’m interested in a more thought-provoking question:
How do you play life?
Hold on Michael, you best tread lightly. After all, life is serious and not to be trivialized with sport. As a kid, you undoubtedly heard variants of this message many times, all designed to shake out the silliness and prepare you for the maturity of adulthood.
Hmm, which was more fun — childhood or adulthood? Ouch!
Therefore, what if life was indeed a game meant to be played or a song meant to be danced?
But with whom should I play life? How about the universe? Maybe all we are supposed to do is co-create by manifesting the ideas which come to and through us from the universe.
Just as a receiver catches a ball from the quarterback and goes into the end zone for a touchdown, maybe we are meant to share a dance with the universe before starting anew. But, what stops us from playing? Fear in the form that we have something to lose.
What if we try and fail?
What if we lose everything in the process?
What if everyone laughs at us?
All of our psychological fears trace back to one fear. This primal fear is the fear of death. The fear of one day disappearing into the infinite nothingness. It is this fear that fuels the ego and deepens our suffering with isolation steeped in thoughts of past regrets and future concerns.
Nothing you do will add anything to you, and nothing you do will take anything away from you. — Jim Carey
Is a wave concerned with maintaining its crest? Does it worry about the dissolution that follows? Does it see itself as separate from the ocean? What if it did, and you were riding that wave?
Let this scene play out in your head for a moment. What would this look like to the other waves? Maybe they would be too preoccupied with their own thoughts. So, what is a rolling ocean when all waves cease to move beyond their crest? Answer: a body of water devoid of its dynamic vibrancy or zest.
A wave is not in the ocean
How then is living any different? Are we overthinking our purpose here? The vessel that we identify as “I” tries to deny us our true self. It tries to make us believe that like a wave we are separate from the ocean.
“But a wave is not in the ocean. A wave is the ocean.” The ego unfolded from our higher being which existed before “I” and which will remain long after our physical dissolution. The moment you realize that you are already complete and there is nothing you can do to add or subtract from your higher self is the moment you become free to play.
Go ahead and play.
Just pick up the ball and play.