May 10 Meditation (Alex Maskill)

May 10 Meditation ( Alex Maskill )

May 10 Meditation (Alex Maskill)

I am the kind of person who immediately knows, upon entering a room in my house, whether something is out of place.

I have often risked being late to things because I felt unable to leave my house until everything was as it should be. I have definitely rearranged objects until the very minute an expected friend arrived at my door. So I relate to today’s Meditation, a game in which a timer counts down to the arrival of the first guests at a birthday party, and you are the host, frequently beset by sudden bursts of anxiety that can only be subdued by clicking a button to rearrange the furniture. As the timer gets closer to zero, these bursts of anxiety come more quickly and have a smaller window of error in which you must find the furniture rearranging button (which appears in a random spot around your top-down view of the room).

What I didn’t relate to was one of the furniture layouts, which appeared to have one sofa with its back facing the television. I suppose that at a birthday party one ought not to use the television, but what about party games? And what if people wanted to sit AT the table? So I ended up playing this game like hot potato, trying to goad the anxiety countdown into letting me reach zero with my preferred arrangement in place. And in that, I suppose, this game was entirely accurate.