A Moment For Reflections
Reflections soon fade,
distorted by passing time.
Truth waits ahead now.
Reflections are like what you see in a mirror. They only show what you put in front of them. Even then, it is a distorted image, a right ear appears to be on the left of your head. So also the past.
A game that teaches....
Every child should, at some point on its road to maturity, play the game of "Telephone." The game's lessons are still valuable for adults as well.
It is a simple game and is played as a group, even by a group with varied ages. It is a game which is a good "mixer" to get persons in the group acquainted with each other.
In the game the first person in the group whispers a phrase into the ear of the next person who likewise whispers the whispered phrase into the ear of the next person in the group until each person in the group has heard a version of the original whispered phrase repeated as accurately as possible.
Then the last person repeats aloud the phrase as they believe it was whispered to them.
Each person has been allowed only one chance to hear and to whisper the phrase as they heard it whispered to them.
In the end, the phrase the last person heard is often not at all similar to the original phrase. Each person in the group passed along the whispered phrase as they thought it had been whispered to them.
The game can be used to teach lessons about gossip, and how distorted shared gossip can become.
The game can also teach group members to be better listeners and to do their best to make sense of what they hear.
No athletic equipment or game boards and pieces are required for playing the game. The rules are simple: whisper the phrase you believe you heard to the next person in the group, and whisper it to them only once.
Phrases can be written down which can be used to start the first "Telephone" whisper, or can be made up by the group leader on the spot, or by the next member of the group to start another round of the game.
Try this one for a starter: "Three feathers started falling slowly." Then see how that one comes out after being whispered several times!
Most of all, have some fun playing a game of "Telephone."
What does that have to do with "reflections"?
When we pause to reflect on something from our past, it is a little like a whispered memory.
We have heard and seen, done or experienced, something that happened before, even long before.
With the passage of time, details and nuances have become distorted. While filmed events can offer us a glimpse of a past event, without such documentary reference anything less is subject to changing interpretations.
Students studying law and courtroom testimony are often startled by a staged event designed to illustrate that memory can be a fickle recorder of what we actually remember of a stressful situation. And it can effectively show to the individual and class that eyewitness testimony is often unreliable as memories become distorted by the passage of time, and even immediately following a stressful incident.
In the end, our minds can play games with our whispered reflections.
© 2016 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
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