Most people enjoy playing video games. I guess my favorite of all time is Super Mario Brothers. Once I saved the princess, I then saved her going through every level with no warp stages. Then, I went through each stage collecting every coin possible Those were the days! I may be talking in "geek" to some but bear with me.
Let's use the analogy of video games with life. When Mario was zapped, jumped off the cliff, or hit by the dreaded turtle hammers, did I chunk the control or break the tv? No, but I wanted to so badly at times! The same is with life. When a problem arises, how do you react? Do you punch something, scream, run away, throw a fit, blame others, cry, or just ignore it. What if we kept resetting the game until we beat the level or dealt with the problem? Do you learn anything from quitting a level in Super Mario and never playing again? Why no, and it's the same with life. Don't quit or ignore problems. I know it's easier said than done. I have found it is a stage of human development to own your problems and issues. The sad thing is that some people go to their graves without "owning up" to their own issues or problems. I remember crossing "the rubicon into adulthood." It was so scary, but after I did, I had complete peace and confidence. So I continued to chip away at the obstacles in my life. Do I save the princess every time and win? No, but I learn from them and that is the key. I think life is a series of levels. Today I challenge you to examine yourself and reflect. What level are you on?