Thursday, January 10, 2013

Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Do not pass Go and do not collect $200


Monopoly might be pushing 80 years old, but they’re not afraid of change.  Hasbro Inc. has made a New Year’s Resolution of sorts and they are allowing America to be a part of it.  From now until February 5th you can click here  to choose the token you’d like to “get out of jail” and which new token you’d like to see “pass go” and live on in board game history. 
So far the  and the  aren't faring too well; 
but, the  looks like he’ll live on to own all four railroads again.


So, I guess it’s true, the only thing that doesn't change is change.  Even the old classics need a little spit polish occasionally.  I guess that’s what we all tend to think about when a new year is upon us.  New year.  Fresh start.  Clean slate.  Change. 

By now, January 10th, I’m sure some of you have already broken your resolutions.  The gyms are already clearing out and we haven’t even entered week 3 yet.  But, why is that?  Is change really that hard or are we choosing to change the wrong things?

This year at the Community Foundation, I asked everyone to simply modify their goals from last year, but the new goal needed to be an ‘ungoal’.  In other words, what is one thing you don’t want to do?

Maybe we shouldn't always add to our list.  Subtracting from our list might be good, too.

With this in mind, we had this silly discussion at home the other night about ‘meanwhating’.  While you may not be familiar with the term (the Brown family tends to have a language of our very own), I’ll bet you have been guilty of ‘meanwhating’ once or twice…maybe even this week.

It works something like this:

Son:  Mom.  Mom.  Mommmmm.  MOM!

Me:  WHAT!

It’s the elevation in your voice, that subtle audible irritation when you sayWHAT! …that’s ‘meanwhating’.  No one likes to be ‘meanwhated’.  Yet, I think people do it all the time. 

So, 2013 will be the year for my at-home ‘ungoal’ to quit ‘meanwhating’.   I’ll have to think really think before I ‘what’, but it’s worth ‘undoing’. 
 
I think you’ll find that by ‘undoing’ something negative in your life, you’ll be on the road to living harmoniously, loving generously, giving selflessly, and caring deeply.  And, that my friends is better than hotels on Park Place and Boardwalk any day of the week.

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