Playing The Game

By May 27, 2009 3 Comments

As I was enjoying game four of the Eastern Conference NBA Finals last night with my sons, I realized that a game without real challenges is not very interesting.  Life is a game.  The object of this game is to learn things, gain experience, and have joy.  As you are playing this game, there will be turns when you draw a card that reads “Bankrupt,” or “Go Back Three Steps,” or “You Lose a Loved One.”  Other cards will say “Payday,” or “Fall in Love,” or “Advance Token to Disneyland.”  Whatever card you have drawn this turn, the objective remains the same – learn something, gain experience, and have joy.  Win this turn, regardless of the card that is drawn!

It is in this whole process of meeting and solving problems that life has its meaning.  Problems are the cutting edge that distinguishes between success and failure.  Problems call forth our courage and our wisdom; indeed they create our courage and our wisdom.

 – M. Scott Peck

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P. S.  Today’s message is dedicated to my twin sister, who is celebrating another birthday today – love ya Pam!
For a spiritual perspective, enjoy this video starring my good friend Will Rodgers – 

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  • Dr. Paul says:

    Thank you Steve – God bless you and your family!

  • Stephen Reiser says:

    While playing this game of life, I was recently dealt a card “disabled, partially paralyzed”. My family has repeatedly commented on my positive attitude in the face of adversity. Dr. Paul, I must honestly and humbly credit this entirely to you. for the last three weeks I have had to lean heavily on your teachings about the concepts of ‘agent vs. victim’, and ‘scarcity and abundance continuum’. The bad card exists, and it is mine to play, but so is how I chose to play it. You have been an amazing teacher and coach in my life and I feel so blessed to have been exposed to your simple wisdom. Please keep up the great work you do for all mankind. One day I will find a way to ‘pay it forward’.

    –steve reiser

  • Rita Jonas says:

    Happy Birthday Dr Paul!