By kate, February 14th, 2011
The other day my friend Saskia Wolsak talked about “Scrabble Wisdom”: the insights she has distilled from playing (and winning) dozens of recent games. She’s now taking these insights off the board, and finding them to be a great guide for the game of life too.
Here are her highlights:
- Use what you have. Get the most out of the letters that the game gives you.
- Don’t hold back certain letters hoping to get better combos. I.e. don’t hang on to “I” “N”, “G” hoping to make a fancy word. Keep things moving.
- If you find a great move, look for at least two other options. Challenge yourself to find a better option.
- Don’t be afraid to open up the board. Creating opportunities for your opponent also creates opportunities for you.
- At the end of each day, don’t worry if you’ve won or lost. The real goal is to keep playing, including enjoying the company of your fellow players.
Listening to Saskia, I realize that I have “Swimming Wisdom” — insights distilled from 40 years of swimming laps. Here’s one of my favourites:
- Just jump in! Standing on the edge doesn’t get you anywhere, and putting it off doesn’t take away the need to get into the water.
I bet, if we scratch a bit, that each of us has grounded, super practical wisdom from noticing what works and what doesn’t from some aspect of our life. And because this wisdom comes from within, it is generally custom-tailored to the particulars of our situation. Saskia’s Scrabble Wisdom might or might not be meaningful for you, but the practice of noticing what you notice (flirts) is gold for most of us.