i have been playing a lot of solitaire lately. i mean A LOT. i am not quite at the stage where I need a 12 step program, but it’s close. it’s one of those things you just do, while waiting for the bus, for a friend, or even while on hold.
solitaire is a fascinating game. it can be played by yourself, or with friends. it’s been around since at least 1783, when some german book about games was talking about it. that, of course, is its first printed reference. the game itself has been around for centuries. there are at least 1000 versions of the game. it’s also a kind of mysterious game, as the layouts of the game are thought to take their origins from tarot cards.
it’s a great exercise for the mind too. it’s a game that, in its origins, was played by both royalty and ordinary people. today, it’s enjoyed in similar circumstances.
all of this being said, it’s an enjoyable game. maybe i am reading too much into it, but i think there’s a lot of lessons to be learned from solitaire.
1. you win some, you lose some. not every game is a winner, just like every situation in life isn’t going to be awesome. the number of solvable games in solitaire are about 82 – 92%.
2. you can always start a new game. life lesson? you can always start again.
3. sometimes you hit a roadblock in the game, when you can’t quite find any more playable cards. you can grab a hint, like asking for help from a friend, or you can work through it yourself.
4. working through the issue yourself? self-reliance.
5. patience. if you get nothing else fro this game, it will teach you patience.
maybe i am being serious. maybe i am joking. maybe i still can’t believe it’s not butter.