Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. 

A Course in Miracles

The first rule of politics: The only time you get hurt is when you forget it’s all a game. I just finished reading a novel – a political thriller – that finished with that statement. I’d like to change it slightly. The first rule of life: The only time you get hurt is when you forget it’s all a game.

Think about it. The only time you feel hurt by anything is when you take it seriously. As A Course in Miracles says at the beginning: Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.

Think about this. Life’s a game. It’s all smoke and mirrors. It’s clouded by our conditioned perceptions. What we think is real is not. It can’t be. Thinking created it. Reality lies behind thought.

Ever wondered why the happiest people are those doing what they love? We’re here to have fun. We went dancing at the Mangonui Céilí last night. The first dance we got all wrong. Everyone did. It was a riot. It was so much fun . . . and it set the tone for the evening. I love Céilís. They’re not about precision or perfection. They’re about playfulness. They’re perfect reminders about what this journey is really about. They’re reminders of why we’re here. We learn when we’re having fun. We have fun while we’re learning.

We only really understand the “bad” things when we can laugh at them. What makes a good comic? They make us laugh at the foibles of life; the things we tend to take seriously—relationships, mistakes, politicians, disasters, death . . . .

The next time you take something seriously pause for a moment. Take a deep breath. Stop thinking and start feeling the reality behind the perception. Do it now. Take a moment. In this instant you are connected with everyone you’ve ever known who has played the game and graduated. They’re rooting for you and laughing. They’re waiting for you to get the joke. Nothing in this world lasts for more than a blink in the eye of eternity. Enjoy the game. Its everything and its nothing. Choose to do the things that make you laugh. Eventually it all does and you graduate summa cum laude—with a smile on your face and joy in your heart. It’s all a game. Don’t take it too seriously.


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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See


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