Waking Up


Waking Up

Do you know what the best part about waking up is (Hint: It’s not Folgers in your cup)? The best part about waking up is that it’s a chance for you to start over. It’s like playing a video game…

When you begin playing the game you have a certain amount of lives. However, as you progress throughout the different levels that will change for you. Sometimes you run into something that will give you an extra life or two, and other times you’ll hit something bad and then you’ll lose a life. Essentially, there will be many challenges that you will have to overcome. Most of the time, the tasks that you partake in will build on top of each other. You aren’t just dropped into level 15 right away. You begin at level one and then you get skills that will help you as you move on to the following levels. Now in general, these skills that you gain make it easier for you to progress through the game, but that doesn’t mean that your entire journey is going to be perfect. From time to time you’ll face an unexpected obstacle that will make you really have to work to stay alive. You may have the skills, but you might not know how to apply them to a specific barrier in a way that will help you to succeed right of the bat, and that’s okay. You may even end up losing all of your lives, but even if that happens, you’ll eventually get another chance to try that specific obstacle again, and after rounds of trial and error, one day you’ll know what to do…

When I was a kid I used to play video games religiously. I loved playing games whenever I was over at a friend’s house because I couldn’t do it at home since my parents didn’t give us a game console of our own. One Christmas, however, my sister and I pulled all of the money together that we had saved up from our birthdays and allowances to buy ourselves a Playstation 2, and from the moment that we bought it all the way through high school we would play that thing almost daily. Eventually, our parents ended up getting each of us a gameboy advance so on top of the Playstation we also had a hand-held device that we could take with us wherever we went. Whenever I left the house, I would bring my gameboy with me because I knew that if I had down time I would be able to play it. I specifically remember playing this one game on it. I loved Harry Potter as a kid (still do), so I as soon as I got a game that took place in this universe it was all I could focus on. All of a sudden the dozens of other games that I had in my possession seemed boring, which is why I spent all of my time trying to beat this game. I stayed on this one level (it involved doing something with a Hipogriff) for months because I couldn’t figure out how to pass it, but once I figured it out I was able to move through that part of the game effortlessly. When I finally cracked the code after weeks and weeks of making mistakes and trying to learn from those mistakes, I couldn’t believe that it took me as long as it did to figure out. I had all of the skills that I needed to pass that level, but it just took me awhile to discover the best way to use them. Needless to say I was ecstatic when it happened because I could finally move on to the next level and eventually finish the game.

Positive thinkers, when you wake up you have the opportunity to do things differently than you did the previous day. And just like with a video game, you also have all of the knowledge that you gained from the past that you can use to help you out with this brand new day. If you had a horrible day yesterday then you have the blueprint that tells you what you need to do in order to make sure that you’re not repeating those same behaviors that caused you to have a bad day yesterday. You may have had a feeling that this bad day was coming or it may have totally come out of left field, but whatever the case may be, you can use your past experiences to help you overcome it. It may take you awhile to figure out just exactly how you should be reading the blueprint. There’ll probably be a lot of trial and error, but once you decode it, you’ll be one step closer to having better days ahead.