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Gotta go slow in LIFE

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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.

-G.D.

Photo credit: Morning Toast

 

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Success really does happen…sold my first copy!

After having my recently published book on the Kindle Marketplace for two days, I recently discovered that I have sold my first copy. Of course, I hope to sell more than just one copy!— but the incident of this one sale to get the ball rolling has really set me in good spirits.

For me, it’s not about money. I don’t write for a living, and I have more than enough money to live on. Sure, the royalty is nice— but for me, it’s more about reaching an audience with my writing. I want people to read my work, think on it critically, share it with their friends, and send feedback back to me: what did they learn from the book? Did they identify with the characters? And I welcome criticism as well: what can I work on? What just really sucked about it?

After all, most of us don’t just write for ourselves— we write to be read, to be shared, and to be enjoyed. And these elements involve a reader!

So I offer this as encouragement to anyone who has a work out there that they’d like to publish: if you believe in it, other people will give it a chance. You just have to put it out there and see what can happen. It’s you who has to take the first step from being a closeted writer into a published author.

I’m still in the amateur stage, and proud of it…but I hope to reach greater heights soon! And the best of wishes to you as well.

-G.D.

 

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