A few years ago I decided to learn how to play solitaire. For some reason I skipped that part of growing up. Anyway, once it became an app on my iPhone, and I didn’t have to deal with a deck of cards, I got interested.
My reasoning was it would help me learn how to see possibilities and get focused.
At first it was a disaster. Sometimes it took me a few hours to figure out just one game. I was shocked at my lack of ability, and that’s what kept me working at it. After a few months I was playing well enough to not pull my hair out on every game.
And then Del told me something that changed everything. He told me I could choose to always play a winning hand.
It was a revelation to me. If I choose to play a winning hand, I know there is always a solution. I never have to solve an unsolvable problem. I could be my stubborn and persistent self, knowing that I will eventually figure it out.
It’s like life. No, not the solitary part, the winning hand part.
That’s what we have been dealt. A winning hand. I know sometimes we don’t think so, but it’s true. And knowing that, we know for sure that there is always a solution. If we trusted this truth wouldn’t we play the game of life with more persistence and faith.
Life is not a lottery, where the chances are a gazillion to one to being declared a winner.
We already are a winner.
Each of us has been gifted with all that we need in order to live a happy and purpose-filled life. No matter how difficult the game of life may appear at any given moment, knowing we have a winning hand, we will look for the solution.
Now that I can actually play, once I have completed a game, I play it again. I want to improve. I want to see if I can beat my own score by being more aware and focused.
Here’s what’s weird. I can never play it the same way twice.
Sometimes I notice something I never saw before. Sometimes I don’t see what I did the last time I played. Sometimes after a really good score, I get a bad one.
What changes? The game doesn’t change, I do. My focus is changed. My mood might be different. I am more or less distracted. And all of this can happen within the few seconds it takes to load the game again.
This is a lesson in the power of perception, how it changes attention and focus.
There is more than one way to win. Same way with life. It’s not a straight line. We have multiple ways to play and succeed.
However, we have to choose to collect our winnings. We do this by investing our time, focus, practice, attention, patience, and love.
No need to count on chance. With chance, sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. As Einstein said, “God doesn’t play dice.” To Einstein, God revealed himself in the harmony of all that exists. Harmony. Not chance.
Choose to play your winning hand. Remember that there are many ways to play the game and there is always a harmonious solution.