The Zen of Candy Crush…Corny But True
At first, I fought joining the masses who played Candy Crush. I had many friends who played and I felt that I didn’t have the time nor desire, if I’m being completely honest, to sit around playing a mindless game. I then injured my rotor cuff.
I soon found myself with hours of free time as I was stuck in bed healing. I was really angry and frustrated the first month of my recovery. Up until that point in my life I had never slowed down, not even when I had had an emergency appendectomy due to my appendix having been dangerously close to bursting. I didn’t even slow my roll when my best friend passed away suddenly from a brain aneurysm. Every fiber of my being was pleading with me to listen to that tiny voice inside of me, my intuition. Each time my intuition was telling me to slow down and listen to my aching body and heart I simply pushed through the physical and emotional pain and surged on.
But this rotor cuff injury was different, I simply couldn’t push on. I had to take time to heal. The injury was to my dominant arm and I couldn’t drive, let alone write legibly. Healing took days, weeks and then months of inactivity. It was at that point that I succumb to the urge to join Candy Crush and found that I was instantly addicted. Every level was a challenge and as absurd as it sounds, I felt pride when the deep voice expressed encouraging statements like, “Divine” after a particularly clever move on my part. For some reason this simple game allowed me to do something my intuition had been begging me to do…slow down, take care of myself and find peace.
I soon fell into a rhythm of playing the game several times a day. Anytime I felt the worry or frustration of my new sedentary life hovering over me like a dark cloud, I would pick up my tablet and launch myself into the Candy Crush world. I would instantly feel a calm creep over me. It was a release of tension, not only in my shoulder, but my entire being. I didn’t really have to think about the moves, only engage in them. I would get into a zone, if you will, just the game and me. I didn’t look at each failed attempt to conquer a level in light of the loss, but as an opportunity to try again. I also found that I did better within the game when I listened to my intuition than when I allowed my mind to rule. It’s as though my intuition knew what the correct moves were when overthinking the situation only resulted in a loss.
This sparked the thought that Candy Crush mirrors life in some ways. You don’t always succeed in everything the first time around, but each failed attempt gives way to another go at it. Hopefully you learn from the trial and error and, if you do, you become successful in moving from that level to the next. When making decisions, listen to your inner voice. Don’t discount what your intuition tells you as it is just as important as using your intellect.
There is always something new to learn and some different way to perceive the challenge laid before you. You can choose to let frustration or defeat engulf you, pushing you to give up. Or, you can look at the situation with a calm demeanor and attempt another win. Sometimes the actions that are the most fruitful are not the most apparent or the most logical. Go with your gut! I’ve heard some friends state that they have gotten to a certain level in Candy Crush and given up because they felt it was too difficult. This always leads me to wonder how they react to adversity in their lives. Do they simply give up or do they look at the roadblock from a different angle and try again?
A lot of the outcome of any given situation largely depends on your attitude towards what’s happening around you. If you believe that your going to have a horrible day, most likely you are. You set the stage for your life, just as you set it in Candy Crush. You cannot control everything in your life, nor in the game. It’s how you react to what’s going on that makes all the difference. How many times have you heard of people accomplishing something against all odds. They didn’t have a lucky troll in their pocket, nor magic beans, they had the right attitude, listened to their intuition, and didn’t give up. So, when you’re playing the game, whether Candy Crush or life, remember, how you react to the adversity plays a big part in moving on to the next level. Find your Zen and take time to listen, breathe, strategize, and move forward.