Breathing Death- An Initiate's Journey Through Ghost Stories and the Tao Te Ching

Not knowing what will transpire, each post will chronicle my attempts to use a first time reading of the Tao Te Ching to inform my decisions during solo plays of Antoine Bauza's Ghost Stories. I shall read a little of the book each week and juxtapose its passages with a sort of session report. I will not read or heed any other advice on how to play the game well. I shall attempt to play on Thursday nights and post the following Friday.
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3- In Fear of Normalcy, Hold On To The Center

Wanda Davies
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Washington (WA)
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Ghost Stories - Normal Level
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

The Soul Eater was the first ghost to arrive and so we began the game with nothing.

I've been yearning to read the Tao Te Ching and play Ghost Stories all week. I do not want to have to wait until Thursday.

Tonight was the first time I played Ghost Stories on the normal level of difficulty. I made it half way through the deck before I had three haunted village tiles and the game was lost.

I couldn't wait until my step-son was in bed tonight. He has a hard time focusing and getting himself ready for bed. I would not be able to play Ghost Stories and not have it effect his progress. The first time I won Ghost Stories was the first time he played. I did not want to wait for him to go to bed, but I did. It was hard to wait to play Ghost Stories.

I didn't read the Tao Te Ching very much during the game. I did not feel the stress I usually do while playing. I did not notice the indecisive points that prompt me to pull out the book. So I have the Tao Te Ching beside me now. I turn to a page- number 27. It says:
A good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent upon arriving.

For a week I wanted to play Ghost Stories. Tonight was not my shortest game, but I quickly lost. I should not want to play Ghost Stories. But if I do not want to play Ghost Stories, how will I play Ghost Stories? In work, the Tao Te Ching says I am to enjoy what I do. I enjoy Ghost Stories. I enjoyed it tonight. But the Tao Te Ching also says that if there is joy there also must be sorrow. I should hold to the center. But then, how will I write this blog? And if I stop writing this blog, I will not read the Tao Te Ching and play Ghost Stories. If I no longer do that, why should I hold to the center?

I am not ready to stop yet. I am a child who does not want to go to bed, so I will dawdle and play games when my inner parent isn't looking.
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