There’s a story called A Christmas Truce that took place during WW I. The legend has evolved over time. Some of it may be myth but the essence remains true:
In the midst of WW I, the German, Belgium, British and French soldiers put down their weapons. They rose out of their trenches to sing Christmas Carols together. They socialized and played soccer.
I contemplate this story today, because of the Super Bowl. I may or may not watch it. But the game has meaning for me this season.
Yes, it’s only the Super Bowl. It may stir up controversy in various ways. Both teams really want to win, so it may seem warlike and aggressive….And what if the Super Bowl is also an opportunity for polarized America to focus on something other than our differences? Can we agree to have a good game and connect in a place of shared values – sportsmanship, skill, joy, and passion?
Is the Super Bowl an opportunity for us to see that we have certain fundamental similarities that override our differences?
Is the Super Bowl a spiritual practice?
I’m not sports savvy. I don’t know a wide receiver from a tight end….But if God/Love is anywhere then God/Love is everywhere…
So take this metaphor to heart: Beyond WW I, and soccer, and football, beyond American politics, there are places in our lives where we connect. We temporarily suspend our judgments of the “other.” We agree to disagree.
We can also agree to be in the game but not of it. We stand on common ground in the illusion of opposition and play our hearts out.
And by the way, if the Super Bowl metaphor doesn’t work for you, may I suggest the magic of the Puppy Bowl?
Meditate – Commit to seeing beyond differences today.
Practice – Throughout the day, look and see who is “different” from you. See if you can find underlying similarities or connections.
Advanced Practice – Send love to someone who you feel has absolutely nothing in common with you.