When we are players in a game we don’t want to play
Sometimes, we can find ourselves reluctant participants in figurative “games” others may instigate. These “games” may refer to the complex interactions, power dynamics, or strategies people use in various spheres of life. Although our initial inclination might be to avoid these confrontations, certain circumstances demand our unwilling participation.
In such instances, it’s essential to have an understanding of the game’s nature, not with the intent to play along, but rather to protect ourselves. This involves learning the rules, deciphering the tactics, and observing the players. A deeper understanding can help us predict certain moves, recognize manipulative strategies, and respond effectively. We’re not aiming to be the best player; we’re aiming to build a strong defense.
Like a chess player who studies the game’s nuances, we need to take the time to comprehend these social dynamics. By doing so, we can avoid being caught off guard and even potentially influence the situation to our advantage.
In the end, we may not have the choice to opt out of the game entirely, but we do have a choice about how we navigate it. This isn’t about winning or losing, it’s about self-preservation and standing tall amidst the challenges that come our way.
Mark 12:13-17. But Jesus saw through their trick and answered, “Why are you trying to trap me? Bring a silver coin, and let me see it.”
[DAILY GOSPEL INSIGHTS AND REFLECTION FOR MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION 2023-157: JUNE 6, 2023]