“I am convinced that the jealous, the angry, the bitter, and the egotistical are the first to race to the top of mountains. A confident person enjoys the journey, the people they meet along the way, and sees life, not as a competition. They reach the summit last because they know God isn’t at the top waiting for them. He is down below helping his followers to understand that the view is glorious where ever you stand.”

Shannon Alder

In the intricate theater of my mind, two pivotal characters take center stage: my Conscious Mind, personified as my Thoughts, and my Subconscious Mind, embodied by my Beliefs. These internal players engage in a constant exchange, much like taking turns in a complex game. It’s my Conscious Mind that acts as the active participant, guiding my immediate decisions and responses, while my Subconscious Mind serves as the rulebook, meticulously laying out the beliefs and principles that underlie my every action. Together, they hold sway over the trajectory of my life, often in ways that I might not fully fathom. Join me as I delve into the intricate interplay between these characters and how they’ve left an indelible mark on my daily existence.

When I shuffle the cards, I rely solely on my skills, strength, and a bit of luck. Magicians might master the art of playing with our minds to reveal what we desire, but when LOVE enters the game, everything takes an unpredictable turn. Playing a game involving LOVE is like signing up for an unpredictable journey. Whether there are rules or not, a card will inevitably slip from the deck, altering the course of the game, always unexpected and rarely foreseeable.

The tension that courses through me as I shuffle the cards, the intensity as they’re dealt, and the eventual disappointment of realizing that I might be destined to lose from the start are sensations I’ve known too well. I’m not fond of playing cards; I’d rather engage in a game where the cards are laid bare on the table, without hidden faces. I yearn to play with the King of Cups, not the Fool, for he possesses the strength to turn it into a genuine game, one fit for an Empress—a mature man who cherishes life’s finer aspects like music and art, exuding warmth and kindness.

“The Empress is the lover, the mother, the child, the creator, the goddess, and the destroyer. She expresses her love and interest through creative means, collaborative arts, and sensual delights.” 

Rachel True

Another game that has perpetually left me perplexed is Snakes and Ladders. This game is a maze of uncertainty, where you’re never certain where you’ll ultimately land, when you’ll have to begin anew, or when the game will reach its conclusion. Snakes lurk around every corner, and attempting a fair game with them feels akin to dancing the Tango on a minefield.

Right from the outset, it’s clear that winning this game is a near impossibility, but still, I willingly embraced the risk, stepping forward with each roll of the dice. What could be more disheartening in this earthly life than squandering the myriad opportunities presented and shying away from the games it offers? In this grand play, winning is an achievement, while losing translates into a valuable lesson. You never truly lose when you are in the process of learning. And when one game concludes, I merely move on to the next table. The casino of life abounds with numerous games, each designed to challenge your trust and faith in love.

“Worrying is like a dominoes effect, that rolls from one day into the next, into a week, a month, a year; never accomplishing anything but stress, until it hits that last tile, which drops unfulfilled to an empty ground.”

Anthony Liccione

Dominoes, I’ve found, is one of the riskiest games to partake in. It demands an immense amount of work and dedication, and yet it all teeters on the precipice of collapse, ready to crumble at any moment.

As I placed each piece, I poured in my time and effort, meticulously crafting what I hoped would be the most exquisite line of tiles. Every individual domino held within it a memory, a fragment of time that I had invested. As I carefully positioned each one, I held my breath, aware that a single mistake could send the entire structure toppling down before my eyes.

And when that collapse inevitably occurred, it was a relentless descent, unstoppable and irreversible. The cascade continued until the very last piece fell, leaving me with no option but to begin anew or seek another game to engage in.

“The only person that deserves a special place in your life is someone that never made you feel like you were an option in theirs.”

Shannon L. Alder

In my life, I often found myself engaged in various games, be it card games, the unpredictable voyage of love, the ever-meandering course of fate, or the meticulous arrangement of dominoes. Every one of these games came with its own set of rules, challenges, and potential rewards. They had the power to assess my skills, my fortune, and my resilience, but they also offered the promise of growth, learning, and the sheer delight of participation. Even in moments when I faltered and lost, I understood that these experiences of playing were never in vain. They seamlessly wove into the narrative I was crafting in this intricate game of life. As I delved into new games, whether shrouded in risk or teeming with opportunities, I did so with the awareness that each one left an indelible mark on my character, contributing to the complexity and diversity of my existence.

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