Mind Games

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.
~ John Quincy Adams ~

Several years ago, I started to play Sudoku and Solitaire to distract my mind from the things that I could not control. These games were usually played when I had too much time on my hands. There has always been a direct correlation between my stress level and the difficulty, and/or ability to concentrate, in completing a given puzzle. As my stress level has returned to a normal everyday stress, I have added FreeCell and Spider Solitaire to my group of mind games. I have noticed, especially in Spider Solitaire, that when a puzzle reaches a point where it cannot be solved, going back several steps and looking for a different solution will lead to success. In some cases it requires restarting from the beginning and trying several paths to complete a puzzle.

As I have distracted my mind, I have seen a parallel between the puzzles and the problems in life. Sometimes the solution is obvious and other times it may take several attempts to resolve. But unlike most puzzles, some problems in life do not have a solution no matter how much we try. At some point it is best to let a problem go and find a different path to travel. Change is never easy but it can lead one to a far better place than a broken or toxic relationship.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
~ Aristotle ~

8 thoughts on “Mind Games

  1. i love sudoku, crossword and jigsaw puzzles. they have to be a challenge or i’m bored and overwhelming hard and i’m stressed. love to find that balance. just wrote a post a couple of days about about the metaphor of puzzles and life. )

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    1. So I’m not the only one who sees a metaphor between puzzles and life! Your observation that a good puzzle can return balance is so true. I almost gave up on this post so I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed it. 🙂


    1. I haven’t heard of Wordscapes. I will check that one out. Lisa and I have been playing Words With Friends since shortly after we met (Lisa was caring for her dad back in Louisiana before he passed and I knew that she needed a distraction).

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