Posts Tagged ‘the game of life’

Life is a Hall of Mirrors…?

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

I was talking to one my partners and we waxed philosophical.   We were discussing the behaviours of  a mutual acquaintance who was not getting what they wanted from life.  They are someone of undoubted talent and the Universe has dealt them a pretty fair hand and all that is required to be a winner, and yet they don’t seem to be able to get ahead.  Now if we were talking about poker, then we might just say they are a lousy player and should quit.  However when it comes to playing the Game of Life, we are unable to walk away.

We analysed what was going on and it seemed that the core issue was they were saying one thing and actually doing and seeking quite the opposite.  It is a little bit like listening to someone say they want to visit Scotland and keep seeing them drive south.  I’m sure that they are not alone in this, how many of us fail to achieve the things we say we wish to because, deep down, they are not what we really want?  How many people are there who say they want to serve others but actually are more interested in helping themselves, or want to meet someone but never go out, or go out every night and communicate with no one?

I have often come to the conclusion that the true nature of things ( and people) is often the mirror opposite of the surface appearance and wonder if I wouldn’t be more successful if I always inverted my choices and actions.  Somehow I have never been brave enough to to try it…

I’d be very interested to know if any of this resonates with you and what your experiences and observations are.

“If somebody thinks they’re a hedgehog, presumably you just give ’em a mirror and a few pictures of hedgehogs and tell them to sort it out for themselves.”  Douglas Adams

“In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.” Warren Buffett

“How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.”  David Joseph Schwartz