Life is a game. That may sound like a strange thing to say, but it’s something that I’ve heard all of my life. When I was younger, one of my favorite games to play was the Game of Life. It all seemed so easy! You make your way around the board with your life getting better and your family getting larger the closer you get to the end. However, life isn’t that easy, but that’s what makes it so interesting.
As we all know, games have winners and losers. Thankfully, each round can change who wears the particular title. My mother told me a funny story about my dad and how sore of a loser he could be. They were early in their marriage and playing Monopoly in their small second floor apartment. When dad found that he had no moves left and would lose, he decided that the best option would be to chuck the game board out the window. While I can be quite competitive, I think that throwing a perfectly good game board out the window is going a bit overboard. I, in fact, love playing Monopoly with my wife. The only problem that we run into is that we’re both very competitive. Game night in our house is a lot of fun! Real life can be a whole different kind of game though. There’s no option to end and start over. You actually have to take what you have and work to change the outcome. Yes, work! However, all of that work can make you forget about the things in life that really matter.
For as long as I can remember, this time of year has been one of my favorites. It’s a time when people can step back from their crazy lives and take a good look at what’s important to them. They can see the things surrounding them that money or credit cards can’t buy: family, friends, joy, and hope. There are many other things, but these are a few that I always think of. Too many times we look at the situations that we are going through and allow them to cloud our vision. One thing that must always be remembered, something that my mother always taught me, is that there is always someone worse off then you are. It may not seem it at the time, but, believe me, it’s true.
In short, enjoy the upcoming holidays no matter where you are in your life! You may not feel like celebrating, but do it anyway. Go ahead and eat that extra cookie or have that second glass of eggnog. However, don’t try to make the season better by just going out and spending money. It won’t work and the bills that you’re left with will definitely not bring joy during the rest of the year. Take this time to be thankful for the things in life that really mean something. You’ll be glad that you did and the season will have a whole new, and more important, meaning to you.