The Things I learned playing Solitaire

A solitaire game of cards is a funny thing. Well actually, I am talking about Spider Solitaire, because this is the only one I actually play. I play as a means to relax for five minutes between everything that is going on in my life. I let my mind wander while I think on the numbers. It feels good. Unless I get hooked, but that is another story.

cardAnd lots of things are happening while I play; I find solutions to totally unrelated problems. I discover that some ideas have been germinating in my head and are ready to come out. Play is a funny thing, you know. It somehow helps us be creative, it gives us permission to explore new paths. t does us good.

Because my mind is free while I play solitaire, I have been thinking indeed. And actually, I have been thinking about the process of playing solitaire. And you know what I found out? Solitaire is much the same as life…

So, here you go–my top five:

1. Sometimes, there are connections right in front of you, but you are somehow blinded to them. You can only begin to see them as you utilize what is in front of you. As you move forward, your eyes are opened to what has been there all along.

2. You just can’t skip steps. Nothing works if you skip steps.

3. You can’t call it quits until you tried everything, because sometimes, it’s the very last thing you try that opens all the doors.

4. Sometimes, things don’t go your way at all. And when you get to the place where nothing seems to work at all, it’s time to walk away for a little while. Because walking away clears your head. And that’s when you realize that you never have a good reason to throw in the towel. Because tomorrow comes.

5. Life is full of surprises.

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12 comments

  1. Play is so healthy for us. I wonder why I do it as little as I do. (One reason perhaps is that I can get hooked on solitaire too. ha). I love your reminders here to keep going, to work the process, to expect surprises. Maybe I should break out some Solitaire today? 🙂

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  2. I could not have said it better, I love your reasoning behind every step. Looking at the big pictures makes us realize were we really are.

    Great way of putting things into perspective.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  3. Visiting from Just Write. There is so much here that resonates with me. Starting with solitaire. It was a game I played with my grandmother. I too, now play spider solitaire. It just gives me a break and lets me think of nothing – or something – for a while. Your lessons are quite powerful. And naturally, God used them to really make me think today. Can’t skip the steps, can’t give up till I’ve tried everything. Good points. Very good. Thank you.

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  4. I enjoy solitaire on Pogo.com where there are Solitaire varieties including your spider set. Often to win, you need to take back what you put out there, and redo. In life there are things it would be best not spoken so we don’t need to take back, but we can redo and restore other things such as a friend we need to get in touch with and redo a relationship. I loved your story how we can relax our mind even in prayer and allow God to show us something that we hadn’t seen at first. Thanks for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story.

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  5. Great thoughts, friend! Glad you’ve linked up with us again at #TellHisStory. I don’t get to read every post anymore, now that there are nearly 100 each week, but I’ve so enjoyed your contributions over the last couple of years. Made me so happy to see you there this week!

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