If you are a fan of games, be it computer, online or even card games, then I’m sure you can relate to the frustration I feel when I lose a round and can only proceed if I start all over with the hope that I’m able to win that round the next time.
I recently discovered the game Scramble online where I have to form as many words as I can from a group of alphabets. The catch is, the time left over from round 1 is what is used to play round 2 and so on. Hence I always end up losing round 3 not because I had run out of words to form but rather out of time to keep on playing.
For some games like Zuma, each round comes with a reset timer so you can breathe a little when playing but with Scramble, the pressure increases with each round because you lose the luxury of time needed to think of new words. I admit that the few times I’ve played it has made my mind sharper. I can’t wait to be good enough to be able to beat round 3 and get to round 4 though. Practice makes perfect, right?
What am I driving at? Sometimes we find ourselves stuck at one point in life and it seems no matter how hard we try, we discover we are running in circles; chasing our tails sort of. Could it be because we keep going through similar experiences and yet neglect to learn the lessons from them and hence the repeats?
Life is lived in stages. Each stage comes with its own challenges and lessons. It is up to us to determine how many takes of the lesson we would like to be subjected to. The same way when you trail a paper in school, you are to make up for it before proceeding to the next class; likewise, you have better chances of succeeding on stage 2 if you are able to conquer stage 1.
Perhaps your issue is tolerance. You find your colleagues irritable or impossible to work with. You lash out at everyone and everyone can’t stand you. Maybe you need to learn how to work with people regardless of their personality or background because that skill is valuable for your next assignment. And until you’re able to pass this test, you will find yourself dealing with the same round of ‘impossible’ people until you get it.
It’s never too late to try again. The trick is not to quit. You will never find out what round 2 has in store if you stopped after losing round 1. You keep playing till you beat it.
Of course, with life, it’s wiser to consider the God factor as well. Asking God for help and actually heeding to His directions will save you from a lot of trouble.
When you fall, you rise up and try again. When you mess up, you get up and try again. And the God who sees the sincerity of your heart will reward your efforts with success.
Break up with the quitting attitude today. Let ‘try again’ be your new friend.
© Josephine Amoako 2019