I was recently playing the game of Life. Yes, the good old-fashioned board game Life. I began my journey in my little yellow car and by the end of the game I had lost my job twice (I was a hair stylist, a police officer, and finally an entertainer). I owned a log cabin with a $140,000 mortgage. I did win the Nobel Peace Prize but then my opponent sued me for $100,000. I made some good investments but had to spend most of my money on taxes. Sound familiar?
It made me think about real life. Yes, there are twists and turns along the way and many things are beyond our control but for the most part we have a choice. The great thing about life is that we don’t have to move along dictated by a “spinner” or a roll of dice. We don’t have to choose a career based on a lucky draw of a card. We don’t have to stay stuck where we are. And we don’t have to live constantly reacting to our circumstances. When we live that way it only leads to more and more stress.
Only when you choose to live actively in the face of stress will you ever begin to experience true joy and a sense of calm. Stop reacting to situations and people around you. Plug back into life. Choose to focus on living in the present. It takes practice and it doesn’t happen overnight but once you make that one small step you will begin to experience victory like never before.