February brings with it thoughts of love; so let’s have some fun thinking about love in a deconstructed way for the next 10 days or so.
Love, deconstructed #1:
Love & time.
When I met The Captain (years ago), we spent more than a few evenings playing chess at the Manisses Hotel parlor on Block Island, Rhode Island. (They serve the most amazing flaming coffees there, but I digress.) The game of chess is a perfect metaphor for love: complicated, strategic, exhausting, and exciting; and it takes time.
You can learn a lot about your opponent over a few games of chess.
Spending time being playful creates fertile soil to spread, ignite or reignite love.
Think about how precious that combination is in today’s fast-paced world that takes the one-to-one interaction out of almost everything.
Try this: Vandermint; a dutch chocolate & mint liqueur in your coffee. It’s not overly sweet – the perfect after dinner drink accompaniment to a game of chess.
(The importer has limited distribution, you’ll have to spend some time searching for it. )
Spend some time exercising your inner playfulness this week and see what happens.
- Drag out the chess or checkers.
- Throw the ball for your dog.
- Shoot hoops with your kids
- Play a card game — War, Rummy, Solitaire.
- Clear a table and spend time putting a puzzle together.
The Captain taught the boys how to play chess this year. If you want to teach your kids or learn yourself there’s a great game called No Stress Chess that has over 200 5-starred reviews on Amazon. One side teaches the moves with helpful cards and hints. When you’re ready to try it on your own, flip the board over. (Amazon.com):
Time spent being playful elevates life from the mundane and catches you in the present moment; where love can be found.