Life is a journey goes the ole cliché. But is it true. The ups and down, hills and valleys, mountains and molehills, the curves and straightaways, summer and winter, darkness and light.
A few weeks ago I bought a Chutes & Ladders game. I couldn’t believe that as a family with a 13-
According to Wikipedia, this game has its history in other games that attempted to teach morality lessons of virtue and good deeds. For me, this game could be a metaphor for life. I’m not saying that life is a game. However, throughout our lives there are both positive and negatives surprises. The ladders are rewarding as they move us farther along our paths to reach our goals and dreams. But these same ladders involve some effort and work or we would fall down them. The chutes (slides) represent the rough times that seem to move us backward. On the game board, though, young children enjoy moving their game piece down the slide, at least until they discover they are losing. For us, the rough patches can have positive consequences if we take the time to learn from these experiences.
Eventually, we call make it to the end of the game unless we choose to stop before we reach our destination. In Chutes & Ladders there are winners and losers that are only determined by staying in the game and experiencing either good or bad luck. This is where this metaphor falls short since life isn’t that simple.
For me there is a rhythm to life. A rhythm to the seasons. Creative practice then becomes a way for me to 1) keep moving along and not drop out of the game, 2) have the strength and courage to move up the ladders, 3) deal with the negative thoughts and feelings associated with the chutes, and most importantly, 4) enjoy the ride. This most precious life.