Gotta go slow in LIFE


You won’t win if you go too fast.

Has anyone ever played Milton Bradley’s The Game of LIFE, simply known as the board game LIFE? Fun game, isn’t it? It’s certainly one of my favorites. And there’s even a lesson to take away from it.

For those of you unfamiliar with the game, when it’s your turn, you get to spin the spinner and move anywhere between one and ten spaces. But the thing is…you really don’t want to get the number 10 all the time. In fact, if you do, you’ll probably lose.

Ideally, you’ll want to go as slow as possible, so that you can collect as many LIFE tokens (to be traded in for cash, later) before you “die.” This board game is different from others in that it actually has a “finish line,” and once you cross it, you’re done. So you don’t really want to race through the game, you want to slow down and smell the roses.


Real life is like that too. Strangely, people think of real life more like Monopoly than the game of LIFE. People want to get the high rolls and spin again on doubles and just whizz through life to make dough. Well, let me tell you…this is not a good approach to life.

Life is full of many different aspects and hidden treasures. It’s not all about ascending to the top of the corporate ladder and buying a private jet and a house in the Caribbean. Make sure you slow down, too…or else you’ll surely lose everything. Like in the game of LIFE, if you don’t go slow enough, you’re just racing to your death. And you must be sure to fill your life with as much happiness as possible before the end.


So, as you go about life…make sure to enjoy every little thing that passes your way. Say hello to people you’ve never met before. Pick up the phone and tell three people you love them. Send an e-mail to a friend you haven’t talked to in forever.

‘Cause, you know what? Any day now, it could all be over. And when you die, you’re not going to take your dollars with you. Only your smiles.

Gotta go slow in life. Enjoy the distractions. Indulge in the moments.


Photo credit: Morning Toast




Filed under Board Games, Books, Games, Life, Writing

12 responses to “Gotta go slow in LIFE

  1. I like what you said here, but at the same time, I’d like to be able to prove that money can’t by happiness. If you know what I’m saying.

  2. Thank you for this reminder! I want to rush to be forgiven and understood but it takes time to learn and understand.

  3. is not all about consuming and having…very well said.

  4. What a wonderful reminder to slow down and enjoy the most precious moments in life! Such as time with loved ones!

  5. Some good advice. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  6. I was really pleased with this post! It made me smile 🙂 In my opinion, i think we should put “corrupt ladder” instead of corporate ladder. Because really, in this day and age, you become very corrupt while climbing said ladder 🙂

  7. An excellent sentiment voiced in this post, and one more people need to adopt. Slow down; savor the moments; life is a journey, not a contest to see who can die with the most toys. Thank you for sharing that perspective. 🙂

    And thanks for following my blog. 🙂

  8. Actually, Parcheesi was my favorite game along with Chinese checkers. But, I did enjoy the cars that came with the game of Life. Now that I think about it, I like identifying patterns, which is more like the first two games.

  9. Dear G.D.,
    I just read a quote from Sogyal Ripoche, “Western laziness consists of cramming our lives with compulsive activity, so that there is no time at all to confront the real issues.”
    I haven’t played Milton Bradley’s The Game of LIFE but I will be sure to play it now. 😀 Thank you for highlighting perhaps one of the most important lessons in life we can take with us.
    Warmest wishes, Sharon

  10. Thanks for the post and the reminder to take life slow and enjoy it. Life really does fly by. 🙂

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