Are We Having Fun Yet?

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My head hurts from thinking
I’m so stressed over this hand
I don’t know what to do
I need a miracle
I can’t wait until this is over
Let me out of my misery
This is awful

Hard to believe, but the above phrases have been muttered at Mah Jongg games I have attended. There are probably similar ones I didn’t hear. Mah Jongg is an activity that we voluntarily attend. We clear our schedules, look forward to going, and sign up in advance. We arrive at the allotted time ready to play, and generally with smiles on our faces. So how do we get from that to being stressed? Why are we stressed? It certainly doesn’t help our well-being, and probably not our game. When we are stressed, the heart begins to race, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises.

Regardless of whether there is money involved or not, playing Mah Jongg should be enjoyable. While we each want to do well and win some games, it shouldn’t be a stressful experience. Sometimes we have other stressors in our lives, and we are playing Mah Jongg to escape them, even for a brief time. That’s good.

It shouldn’t be surprising that sometimes a player wins a Mah Jongg game after uttering one of the phrases noted above. The agony and stress were for nothing! So remember that the reason we play Mah Jongg is to have fun, and RELAX!

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  1. lk32  February 4, 2015

    Love this post! In the relatively brief time that I have been playing Mah Jongg, I have experienced this a LOT. I agree- Mah Jongg should be enjoyable, not stressful. I don’t think it has that much to do with money- it probably has more to do with mastering the game. Great advice, Arlene!

  2. PATIENCEABOVEALL  March 11, 2015

    Very good article. I don’t know what it is about this game that creates such angst for so many of us. We have conquered difficult card games, mastered many intricate crafts, but MahJongg, yikes! Your article does help to soothe the psyche just by letting us know that enough of us feel this way that you wrote a poem about it 🙂 Thank you!

    I agree with Ik32 above in that it’s not the money, it is mastering the rules minutia and the Daytona 500 speed of playing. For me, still, after six months “I can’t wait until this is over” and it’s not until tomorrow LOL

  3. Sue  March 11, 2015

    One of the wonderful things I love about this game is that its a new “day” every 15 minutes! So, no need to angst over this hand!

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