This morning, as I often do while waiting for all my programs to load first thing in the morning, I play some games of solitaire, rather than just sit there and stare at the screen. Suddenly I was struck by the idea that there were important life lessons to be learned from computer solitaire.
- Some days you lose more than you win, but you can always start over and the next game may be a winner.
- When you reach a dead end, its best to stop fruitlessly trying the same thing over and over, and start afresh.
- Sometimes the end isn't the end -- you just have to be willing to give up some of what you've already gained, take a few steps backward and head in a different direction. You'll lose points that way, but you will accomplish your goal.
Of course one more important lesson from solitaire is:
- Sometimes, when you've taken some steps backward, and tried a new direction, you still end up losing. Then its time to dust oneself off and start anew.