One of my rituals for each new year is to choose a word to influence me for the year. My word for 2011 is EXPERIMENT. To support my EXPERIMENTAL focus, I commit to post the results of a new experiment each Sunday of this year.
That may not seem very experimental to you, but to me – it was HUGE! I’m not against lotteries. I have just never joined in the adventure. When I was paying for a cup of coffee at a local convenience store and saw that the Powerball jackpot was up t $245,000,000 I thought, “what the heck?” and handed over an extra dollar.
I didn’t win.
Then again, I did. I had SO MUCH FUN anticipating. I spent the evening imagining who I’d call first after I won. That would be my sister. Mari and my dear departed dad LOVE contests/sweepstakes/gambling/lotteries. They both used to subscribe to a magazine all about sweepstakes. My dad won a riding lawn mower once. I think Mari’s won a few hundred dollars over the years. It was worth it to them.
When Mari’s kids were young, one of their family New Year’s Day traditions was to pretend spend the million dollars they’d pretend won. Pretending can be good. It’s like denial-lite.
Not a bad place to visit – even though we don’t want to live there.
How does pretending serve you?