The last place I expected to find a life lesson was in a game of Angry Birds on my iPhone. I was taking a break from work, pinging various furious feathered friends in different directions to eliminate these space pigs when it occurred to me — how easy it is to try over and over again in a game.
Aside from the odd “ugh” or “oohh” grumbling, I barely thought about it when I failed a level. I simply made another attempt and another, knowing I would figure it out eventually.
Imagine if we faced each day the same way. Didn’t get chosen by that potential client. That’s fine. Keep picking up the phone until you find new customers. Losing weight. No problem. Don’t beat yourself up for that chocolate chip cookie. Start over as many times as you need to find what works for you. Wish you had dealt with that work situation differently. No worries. Think of a new way to handle it next time. And move on.
It shows how much energy we can waste looking backwards. Sure, reflection is good. It’s healthy. But why invest energy thinking negatively about ourselves or our situation? Why worry whether or not we’ll find the right solution? Keep on adjusting our lives, being positive, and doing what we need to do.
Would it be too much of a pun if I called my time with Angry Birds a “game changer”? Back to my iPhone for a break now. Gee, I wonder what Freecell can teach me…
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