Musings From A Musical Mind

What Are You Made Of?

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Table games and online scrabble games such as “Words with Friends” and “Lexulous” have a way of  not only being fun as you connect with other people whom  you know – but also have a way of revealing just who that person is.

I have always been a game player.  I love the strategy of games – and love Chess and monopoly for that reason.  I guess you could say I’m competitive – but I’m not an angry competitor – I just love the game. Last night I taught my son-in-law to play Rook.  It is a game of strategy – and he became very good at it – once he understood the rules.  He is also my “Word with Friends” buddy – we both love playing scrabble.

In the last year I have found a new love for word games. I only play with people I know – and it helps me to find out a little more about them as we enter into a game.

For instance:  I found out that there are many ways to play a good game of scrabble – (Lexulous on Facebook and iPhone – Words with friends only on the iPhone).  I have learned so much from others about where to place my tiles – which letters to hang on to etc. – for the most points.  It has stretched my vocabulary and sharpened my mind.  I can scrabble pretty much anytime throughout the day – and it is not uncommon for me to be playing a game with about 10 people at the same time.

I found out something else about playing a game with a friend – you find out more about them. Nothing like a competitive game to bring out what someone is really made of – and how they will react.  If you play a number of games – (one friend and I have played continually for about a year) – you see a pattern of intelligence and behavior – from being a great winner – or being a gracious loser.  I have loved the many lessons I have learned from those way more gifted in the area of words and strategy than myself – and have them pour into me – to teach and be patient with me – applauding me on a great word – and encouraging me when I didn’t win a game.  This kindness while playing a game – winning or losing – shows me what they are made of.  And since males tend to be more competitive by nature – it is then really wonderful to see how caring and patient they are when playing with me.

Women don’t tend to be as competitive as men in the area of games – but there is an exception to every rule.  I have seen both men and women get bent out of shape and put into a very bad mood when they lose at anything – including games. And that can spill out into everyday life for sure.  Someone hot-headed about a game – tends to be hot-headed in life too.  Check it and see.

So if you really want to know what your friends are made of – ask them to play a game with you – even Words with Friends – or Lexulous and soon it will be clear to you 🙂

*This is dedicated to my many scrabble buddies whom I have had the privilege of playing many games with.  You inspire me – by your patience and understanding – most of all – you better me.

Play a game with a friend today 🙂

God Bless

Comments on: "What Are You Made Of?" (8)

  1. I would so kick your tail at Words With Friends. In a nice way, of course. 🙂

  2. I’m not much of a game person, but I dearly love Scrabble. It was a required part of the kids’ education. They learned tons of words that way. We used to have Scrabble tournaments! LOL My main game right now, though, is Mahjong. When I need to think, I play it. It keeps me just a little bit sharper. I don’t play it as much, but I play when I can. One of my kids is a pretty sore loser and it was no fun to play with that one. Just like in life, you win some, you lose some. Hard lessons for younger ones, though. Hey, even for some adults!

  3. And just try to tell a hothead, “It’s just a game,” and there’s a powder keg waiting. Being competitive is good, but thinking happiness hangs in the balance is not so great.

  4. I very rarely have time to play games. I don’t really like games because I’m always thinking about how I should be doing something I need to do instead. Even with insomnia, there aren’t enough hours in the day to do what’s on my To Do list.

    • It’s very relaxing and a great way to connect with another person online. Plus it keeps me sharp! I don’t think I must have as much on my To-Do list – and I enjoy my gaming too much 🙂 To some it would not be enjoyable – but more like something else they HAD to do. Not for me – it’s fun!

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