One of the things that was the most challenging about Covid was feeling like I lost connection with a lot of the important people in my life. Of course there were the friends and family members I wasn’t seeing for months (or even years!) at a time, but I also realized that I had lost connection with my husband as well. We were seeing each other all day, every day, but as a result we got into a bit of a rut and weren’t having many engaged discussions. The routine - and the conversations - were pretty much the same every day. It felt like we had run out of things to talk about and stories to share. I was lamenting about this to a friend recently who said she had been feeling the same way until someone told her about Live Deeply.
What is Live Deeply, you ask? It’s SUCH a simple concept, but the most brilliant things usually are, aren’t they? Basically it’s a card game designed to help you deepen connection with the people in your life. After hearing my friend rave about it, I decided to give it a try. There are a number of different games available on the website, but I chose Life Stories, which helps to unlock stories and spark meaningful conversations in a fun and easy way.
Each box of Life Stories Cards comes with two decks designed to evoke memories that may have been forgotten or untold. Players draw a card from each deck (Situations + Feelings) and then take turns responding (and listening) to the prompts. I decided to try the game with my husband - he was reluctant at first (“Let’s just watch The Office”), but I insisted. We opened a bottle of wine and dove in.
Pretty quickly, we began sharing and discovering some real gems from our pasts. For example, for the prompt “A time I felt surprise while traveling” my husband shared about a time when he was traveling in South America during college and was attacked by a baby monkey while hiking in the Andes - who knew?? (Don’t worry, he’s fine.)
We enjoyed playing so much that we brought them to a weekend away with friends we hadn’t seen in a long time. We started playing after dinner and had so much fun that everyone there wanted to get a set of Life Stories for themselves. Overall, I feel so much closer to the people I played the game with. It really is a perfect way to connect consciously with the people you love.
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