shutterstock_104632367Play the game. It’s the motto of Camp Becket in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, USA. “Help the other fellow,” “better faithful than famous,” are two more. As to the other seven, well, you can find out for yourself if you’re so inclined. It’s a YMCA camp for boys with a sister camp for girls just down the road on still another lake. We can assume there’s a good deal of foot traffic. But that’s a far older game than the one we have in mind here.

Whatever your game might be, if for some nefarious reason I wanted to put a curse on it, I’d make it flawless, every word of your presentation just as planned, every serve an ace, every note of your scales even. You’d quickly lose interest, but not before your audience or your auditors. The game, whatever it may be, really isn’t about perfect playing, it’s about finding a little bit of mechanical advantage every time you play, freer wrists, ankles, knees, hips, and neck. The game is, always has been, about the way you play the instrument of your self. And if you want a coach on your side, someone whose career is dedicated to helping you find mechanical advantage in all your pursuits, well then, you might want to seek out a teacher of the Alexander Technique. I’ve known many and they’re all good campers, playing the game and helping the other fellow. You might want to see for your self. Seek out a teacher of the Alexander Technique and ask him or her, can you help me “up my game”. Can you help me play the instrument of my self more proficiently? You should not be surprised at the answer. Play the game.