GAMESMANSHIP IN LIFE 101 by Chuck Kelley
Gamesmanship…I can’t think of a way to make this word PC or gender-neutral, so, let’s act as if I had. OK, gamesmanship is the true art of playing the game, any and all games. It’s the strategies, the tactics and the whole bag of tricks which people use to take their game to a higher level and to better assure victory.
Gamesmanship in life is not about creating winners and losers necessarily, it’s actually about a higher, more active and attentive participation in the moment to moment unfolding of every aspect of our lives.
In all games, as in all things, there is the mechanics; the working parts. In tennis it’s the forehand swing, the backhand swing, etc…deciding which to use, where to place the ball, etc…is Gamesmanship.
In moment to moment life we are interacting with different people about different things. All of which potentially call for a different game with different rules, different tools and fine tuned Gamesmanship. Examples of this are, getting a child to ________, negotiating with a service company for _______, driving in traffic, etc… We use it constantly during those moments that seem heightened somehow, moments that are distinctive.
Imagine that you are playing a game…any game…other than Solitaire. I used tennis as an example earlier, so let’s stick with that. Ok, you’re playing tennis and for some reason (who knows why) in the midst of the game, you forget that you’re participating in a game…you kind of drift off, walk around in circles and zigzags, your racket is wagging every which direction and you’re thinking about that time back in High School when ______…huh?!
We do that constantly, we forget that we are playing a Game called Life. We seldom participate, other than when we’re startled out of our reverie and we’re hardly going to be on Top of our Game. So, the question becomes…What happens when we forgot that we’re playing a Game, in the middle of the Game? The answers and the mental images can be hilarious. Life is funny.
More on this subject later…