I admit it, I’m hopelessly addicted to the myFarm game on Facebook. I myself call it a silly game, and yet I cannot keep away from it. I find myself stopping by myFarm several times a day. So to give myself (and the rest of you myFarm addicts) a little credit, I think there is some redeeming social value to be gleaned from myFarm-ing. (Other than by playing you are supporting a good cause.)
Here are a few things I learned (or re-learned) by playing this “silly” game that has become my virtual zen garden:
- Tending virtual plants and seeing them grow, flower, and produce fruit can feed your need for color through a dismal, cold, and very gray winter.
- The more you give, the more you receive and the richer you will become.
- Being rich with friendship is better than being rich with money.
- Know who the true farmers are in your circle of friends, and only send farm gifts to them. They are the ones who will appreciate them most—the others will see your gift as a nuisance.
- Sending gifts to someone who does not give back is like loving someone who only takes and never gives. It can drain you of energy. Give to all your farm friends, but give more to those who give back. As in friendship and love, a circle of positive energy feeds both souls.
- Sometimes the changes you make don’t take the first time. It’s okay. Just keep trying until it does.
- Savor the moment, and save the best for last. My favorite color is purple, so I save the plum trees to harvest last so I can savor the color of them for a few more moments. It’s a small thing, but life is so much sweeter when fed with small moments of joy.
- Tend to ALL the important things in your life. Escaping to the farm is good, but there is more to life than myFarm.
- Have patience. Do not be too hasty to act. Wait for the button before you click it.
- Beware of advertisers who wish to steal your attention away from your purpose.
- Watch your bank account, but don’t be fanatical about it.