Just Play! by Pablo Giacopelli
By Pablo Giacopelli
By Jeremy Lopez
When we choose to live a life where controlling and watching everything we say and do is king, the impact of our involvement is automatically limited as our heart and mind begin to fight between them for the supremacy of our beings.
Consider an archer. If he is free to shoot his arrows anywhere he wants he will have the whole of his talent (heart) available to him. He will have no future results in his mind and will therefore almost always hit whatever he desires. Now take the same archer and ask him to hit the apple above your head and you immediately put him in a space where the potential of being divided is available to him. If he does not understand the importance of remaining within his heart and just shooting, despite the pressure outside of him, half of him will focus on the apple and the other will focus on the consequences he will have to face in the future if he misses or if he makes it.
This approach will mean that he no longer has the whole of his talent (heart) available to him and will therefore more than likely miss. The only way this archer, and us, will have the whole of our talent (heart) available to us is if we remain present and live a life that is not judged by results, but instead one that enjoys the process moment by moment, and understands that the results ultimately belong to God.
Today we are living in a World where it is impossible to hedge our bets and predict what will or will not happen in the future. Covid-19, political unrest, and a restricted life to name a few continue to create an environment where the only certain thing around is the Kingdom of God within our hearts. This is why more than ever I firmly believe that God is encouraging all of us at this time to focus less on winning and losing are more on just playing out of the fullness of our hearts.
Those of us that choose the latter of these two will find that when we stop trying to win it is the moment we actually start winning.
In the world we live in today where so many of us are constantly goal setting, have you ever taken the time to wonder what kind of goals guys like Moses, David, and Joseph set? You hear it all over the place. I certainly did when I worked at the high end of professional sports. "You have to set your goals and go out there and make things happen for yourself," they said. "Those who wait never get anywhere. You can't stand still unless you want to become another statistic," they added. While I see what many are trying to communicate through the above statements I also realize today how limiting they can be to our lives. You see all of these sayings begin with us and very much depend on what we are able to muster up and accomplish.
A few years ago on my way to South Africa, I read in a magazine on the plane about whales. The article was a very long one so I gathered much knowledge about them. Next to me was a man that had visited and interacted with whales on more than one occasion. He didn't seem to know as much as the magazine yet there was a wonder in his eyes and an expression on his face as he told me about them, that captured me in a way that the magazine with all its knowledge and information never did. Once I arrived in South Africa I naturally went to the same place he spoke about where the whales come to mate and often come very close to the shore. I will never forget the first time I saw one of the huge sperm whales playing, jumping, splashing, and caring for its young.
About 3 months or so ago I downloaded a training application on my iPhone. My desire was to shed some unnecessary pounds and hopefully get fitter than I was at the time. I still remember the first morning I woke up ready to start using my new cyber training partner. I knew only too well how difficult it can be at times to train all on your own and the difference another voice encouraging you, even if it's an electric one, can make. My information had been uploaded and the program had been set. Three plus months down the road and I am very happy to tell you that I have shed around 18 pounds between exercising and changing my eating habits. I feel better than I have in a long time and among the many things that have been impacted by this change, one of the best ones is how easy it has become to get out of bed in the morning.