This is just for fun! It’s a game I used to play on occasion with advanced students and at small gatherings. (Yes, I’m usually ‘that girl’ at parties!) 😜
I love it because the players were often surprised with the interpretation and I find it meaningful in getting to know someone. If you’d like to play, just write your answers in the comments and if there are a few players here I will then tell you the interpretation. (If you already know this game, please don’t spoil it by sharing the meaning!). It’s not exactly conducive to an online space, but let’s give it a try anyway, whoever would like.
This may take a few days, if anyone even plays along. If so, I’ll share my answers as well, which haven’t changed and applies now more than ever, three decades after first playing!
Here’s the setup:
So, you’ve been in a terrible accident, and are unfortunately dead. It’s all the more unfortunate because it was a big mistake and God feels terrible about it. As you meet him at the pearly gates he shakes his head awkwardly and apologizes profusely.
He wants to send you back to Earth, and you want to go back, but he patiently explains the problem with this. He is all out of human bodies to incarnate back into, so you’ve got to choose an animal.
And because this is going to look really bad on his record, and he needs to save face, he asks if you could also please give at least two reasons why you choose this particular animal. You are of course annoyed by this, but you agree, since it’s God and all, and you have no other choice.
So, you can choose any animal you want, but you must also include at least 2 reasons why. Do that now, and then return with your request.
When you come back with your request, God looks very disappointed. He shakes his head grimly and says, “I was hoping you wouldn’t choose that one! Damn, my bad once again! That’s the only one we don’t have available.”
He seems honestly upset, so you agree to choose another one. Of course, it sucks not to get your first choice, and you put a lot of thought into that, but, what can you do.
Please choose another animal, along with at least 2 reasons why, now.
Here’s an optional song to listen to while you think, if you like. Randomly chosen by me just because I love it.
So, you give it considerable thought and you go back to God with your 2nd choice. And, guess what. He looks grim, again. He says, “I just can’t believe this. This is really not our day. We just ran out of those!”
And you know what he wants. Yup, a 3rd choice. And this is really going to take a minute, because, well, the 2nd one was hard enough, wasn’t it?! After all, you can’t just pick any one off the top of your head, because he insists on knowing why.
So, for the 3rd time you put your mind to it, and think of another animal you’ll go back as, with at least 2 reasons why.
Here’s some music to keep you company, if you like.
Finally, you hand your 3rd request to God, and he smiles. “That’s the one for you alright, excellent choice!”
And so it is . . .
I’d love to hear what your choices are and why, if you care to share them in the comments! Then check back for what this is all supposed to mean. 🤗
Thanks for playin’!