Friday, July 13, 2012
The Magic of Dare Base and Peek-a-Boo
Dare Base and Peek-a-Boo are a couple of children's games that have a lot to teach us. One is very active, running towards the other team's base to see if you can get on it successfully without getting tagged. If you do get tagged you have to switch teams. Peek-a-Boo is more passive, just covering your eyes then looking at something. But in both there is the idea of daring to explore new worlds. I recently read an article by Steve Atchinson, an addiction counselor, that said addicts and alcoholics have a great trouble exploring new realities. They can't move into a new world of healing because they are stuck so firmly in the old world of substance abuse and addiction. I believe that this is also true on a lesser basis for many instances of being stuck. Perhaps you could call them soft addictions. People seem to stick with the devil they know rather than dare the devil they don't know, or even go forth to make friends with an angel. But if you will peek at a problem, then hide your eyes again, then peek again, the "new" becomes less dangerous. Run towards a problem. Imagine something different. Dare and peek in the safety of your own mind. Enough darting out and daring makes the strange familiar. So I say to all wise magicians, 'Dare to imagine something better. Dare to go on a journey of exploration. You can change your thought patterns and become braver, more confident. Just keep rehearsing what you want to do. The inner game works for tennis and skiing. It will work for other life skills as well. Explore a better life. May the spark be with you.