The only way to win is keep playing

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Andy  •  14 Jan 2022   •  

A couple of years ago, I’ve read the book “Finite and Infinite Games” by James P. Carse, a somewhat philosophical book about game theory and competition (finite game) vs. cooperation (infinite game).

So this quote from a new book I’ve started today, The Align Method: 5 Movement Principles for a Stronger Body, Sharper Mind, and Stress-Proof Life immediately sounded familiar.

“You see, we tend to treat our health and wellness like a finite game. Such games have clear beginnings and ends, and the rules are clear to everyone. Infinite games, on the other hand, can’t ever be “won.” The rules are unclear (stress, disease, injury, life, children, work), and we aren’t really sure when the game will end. The only way to win is to keep playing, and to play as well as you are able today. Tomorrow, you’ll have a chance to play better.”

I found the connection of seeing life as an infinite game and the conclusion, that we’ll thus have the chance, every day, to play it better tomorrow a nice thought and one that seems to me as the common ground for most of the lifelog community (keep in mind that I’m a newbie, so I might be wrong.)

The Align Method, according to the Contents table, is about how adjustments to posture, breathing, sitting, etc can make you stronger, more positive and more resilient.

I’m excited to dive in and plan to use this space as a place for my reading notes as I progress.


Oh love the idea of finite vs infinite games. Seems like a lot of my habit goals are for infinite games, which make so much sense now, cos it’s a never-ending process of learning and evolving.

jasonleow  •  14 Jan 2022, 3:20 am

It seems like a no-brainer, yet so many people prefer to choose the finite route.

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Andy  •  14 Jan 2022, 3:54 pm

I blame the SMART goals framework.

jasonleow  •  15 Jan 2022, 1:35 am