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While riding the 5 train downtown in the standard sardine fashion typical of a weekday morning at 8am, I was mindlessly occupying myself with a game of Bejeweled. The gentleman standing next to me, errrr, on top of me (who I am sure could not help but look on upon my game) said, "Are you winning?"

Honestly, I am quite surprised I had managed to hear and understand him over my ear-buds which were invariably emitting some indie song, but like I said, we were very close. Nonetheless, I pulled out a single bud and responded, "You don't really win this game, you just get as many points as you can before you lose".

"And then what happens? Do you start all over again?" he asked.

"Well yes, actually you do. You hope to get a better score in the next game." I replied.

The train then stopped at my destination, the Wall Street Station, where I wished him a good day and continued to ponder the conversation. What is the point of playing a game which you cannot win?

I realized then that Bejeweled is a perfect metaphor for life. You just make as many strategic moves as possible to get the maximum number of points before you run out of combinations and you lose. At that moment when the game is over, do you decide to let the loss reign and simply give up? Or rather start over with a new series of combinations hoping to gain more points this go-round? Similarly, do you let difficult situations in your life beat you, or do you stand up, dust off the dirt and start over; this time gaining more experiences with the different combinations you choose to employ?

Life is short. There are an infinite number of possible combinations which lead to limitless experiences and each one is different for the experiencing parties. Why waste any time "getting back in the saddle" and continuing on your personal path of growth and self-actualization? Let Bejeweled teach you that life is a game, it can beat you down and you can feel lost, but you can always start over again and have a very different experience of the game.

Prem & Prakash.


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