How "The Game" Contributes to an Inspired Lifestyle
August 2, 2013
Ask yourself these three questions to be filled with joy, and to let your being shine bright.
When most people think of what it means to live an “inspired lifestyle” they may not think to look to professional sports, and the patterns that are seen in the winning ways of the champions, for inspiration.
However, regardless of what your background, interests, passions or beliefs are, I would like to invite you to follow me on this path for just a few minutes of your day, to see why taking a deeper look at a “game” can contribute to you cultivating an “inspired lifestyle”.
What you are about to read will surprise you.
Since 1990 -- 23 years from the date of this article being written -- only eight different teams have won the National Basketball Association (NBA) Championship. It is highly unlikely,and in fact is not the case, that the same players have been playing for these winning teams over the years. Even if that was the case, they would naturally get older and their skills would diminish over time, lessening the odds of a victorious finish.
So why do these same eight teams keep winning, and the other 22 teams don't? Well, I will tell you.
They know what it takes to win in the “game” that they are playing, and they do whatever it takes to accomplish just that.
Alex Mandossian, a former employer, mentor, and now friend of mine, once said, “Rule number one, know the rules of the game. Rule number two, don’t forget rule number one.”
You might say to yourself, “But, I’m not playing a game...” or “What game could I possibly be playing?”
What I would like to suggest to you today is that if you desire an “inspired life” you are doing exactly that - playing a game.
To answer the latter question, I would like to engage you in a little hobby of mine called etymology, the study of the origin of words. The origin of the word “game” comes from an Old English word gamen, meaning "joy, fun, amusement". For simplicity sake, and to make the most of your time, I will follow the origin of the word “joy”. This word dates back to the 12th century from the Old French joie, meaning "feeling of pleasure and delight". Joie dates back to the 11th century, derived from the Latin word gaudia, plural of gaudium "joy” from gaudere "rejoice".
If you’re still with me, thank you; we have one more word to discuss before tying everything together.
The word “rejoice” comes from the Old English word glæd meaning "bright, shining, joyous". This derives from Proto-Germanic *glada-, meaning “smooth, bright, glad”, which originates from *ghel, meaning “to shine”. *Ghel is a word from the Proto-Indo-European language, the hypothetical reconstructed ancestral language of the Indo-European family, for which the time scale is much debated. The most recent date proposed for it is roughly 5,500 years ago, most likely originating from Sanskrit.
I could go on and on, and research more words like “bright” and “shine” and “inspired”, but I’ll leave that for another day. Besides, if you’re like me, and Google for that matter, when I think of, or search for, the word “Inspired” or “Inspire” one of the initial images that comes to mind, and the dominant common theme in the images, is “bright, shining light”.
If you just read what I presented, you will see that in the deepest origin of the word “game” you will find the meaning “to shine”.
So I ask you, do you know exactly what it takes to win the game you are playing, and are you doing whatever it takes? Do you know what it takes to make your being “shine bright”, and how to be filled with “joy”?
Most people will go through their entire life without asking themselves three simple questions:
Why am I living?
What is living to me?
How do I want to live my life?
If you take the time to ask yourself these three questions and explore your answers, you will transform your entire experience of life. This, in turn, may result in you “winning your game” and creating the “inspired lifestyle” you deeply desire.
And in case you were wondering the word “win” originates from the Sanskrit word “to desire”.
To your inspired life,
Ambassador of Human Potential and Connoisseur of Consciousness
Head Visionary and Founder of Human Potential Productions