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It’s YOUR Move

It’s YOUR Move

“Why play when I KNOW I am going to lose anyway?”

A few weeks ago I was watching a movie with my boys and heard one of the characters ask the above question out of sheer frustration.
I made a mental note to have a mini talk with my children to see what their thoughts were.
After all, the ancient proverb does say that “The thoughts of a man’s heart are like deep waters but a person of discernment will draw it up”. Questions are what assist me in knowing and understanding their thoughts.

We have heard it said before that “all the world is a stage and we all are players”. So I ask you; why play when you KNOW you are going to lose anyway?
Has it ever occurred to you that some of what you “know” is NOT based on accurate knowledge?
Sometimes all we “know” are the pieces or parts involved but not how they actually work. Incomplete or partial knowledge will NOT bring about success (if success is your desired result).

Twenty five years ago I was taught the names of the chess pieces. A few weeks ago my son decided it was time for me to learn how each piece moved. While they all have value and serve a purpose, I was struck by my lesson on the QUEEN.
The QUEEN is the only one with the ability to move backwards, forwards, and diagonally. She KNOWS how to move to get out of uncomfortable and unfavourable situations to get to her desired destination.
Do you?

Are you playing the game using tactics that are NOT working for you?
What would you love?
Would you love to maneuver through life’s challenges in a way that guarantees YOUR success?

Everyone who competes in a game goes into strict training while keeping their eyes on the prize.
What is YOUR hoped for “prize”? Whatever that is for YOU, it is only attainable by first training your mind. With a renewed and transformed mind I guarantee that what you KNOW will surprise you.

I would love to hear YOUR thoughts. Share your comments below. Additionally if you would love support as you design YOUR path and create the life you would love living, I encourage you use the contact form or email me at curline@designingyourpath.com.

It’s your move 🙂

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  1. “Why play when I KNOW I am going to lose anyway?” Who determines if I win or lose? I must be able to challenge myself and my situation and like the queen, put strategies in place, be prepared to move in a new direction if required. Then and only then can I win.

    “Why play when I KNOW I am going to lose anyway?” To prove the pre-conceived notion that losing is the outcome. I am a winner and win I must.

    Love this.

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  2. After reading It’s YOUR Move, this is what I got from it: whatever I plan on doing i should always go at it with a positive mind and stop doubting either myself of the situation. But try to acquire all the necessary training in order to put into practice what was taught in a positive way so that I can reap the success at the end. And to always have a backup plan.

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      I appreciate your interpretation Tricia. Necessary training and putting into practice are extremely important if success is the end goal. As Mary (one of my teachers) often say, “inspiration without ACTION is simply entertainment”! 🙂

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  3. This is truly thought provoking, I am a queen but seems like I’ve been operating without knowing my true powers and just how I can change the game!.I have to truly calculate my next move

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      I understand Cery. We are here to remind each other of our connection to that abundant source of power. Once we remember and consciously work WITH it, not only will we change the game but success will be ours.

  4. I know i am a queen, however I’m not sure what my powers are…strange? Your blog has really opened my eyes to how I need to approach situations in the future in order to achieve whatever it is i am aiming for. Please continue to strengthen us with your words! Keep it up

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      Your powers will soon be evident Queen Michere. Pay close attention to your thoughts, actions, and outcome as you navigate situations from now on.

  5. If we are playing a game, at the beginning there is no guarantee that we will emerge winners at the end. Not all winners were confident at the start. At the beginning we only know that we are giving it a shot. We try with hope , if we have no hope we simply give up and refrain from giving it a shot, but there are times when we have no choice but to try because the option to quit is not there. I guess that that character could have been in such a situation.

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      I agree Roger that not all winners are confident at the start. Keeping our focus on our source of power and the outcome WE WOULD LOVE are two ways we build confidence.

  6. What are the stakes? Can i afford to lose? Will i benefit/learn from my opponent ?
    Someone once said “it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it is how you play the game”
    making such a determination about anything that gives you a chance should never be done, especially in this game of life, as this attitude suggests you’ve already lost twice.Why play……..? possibilities are endless (the old guy could have stopped running, having lost so many times). All hail the Queen !!!!!! Long live the king.

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      Caray40, the possibilities are indeed endless…..in this game called life. Therefore approaching life with a defeatist attitude means one would have already lost. I appreciate your reference to Marcus Garvey’ quote ” if you have no confidence in self you are twice defeated in the race of life”. The “old guy”continued running because he knew that every race he ran and didn’t win taught him valuable lessons he would apply in the next race.
      Do the stakes have a bearing on how you play or do you play full out once you are in the game? How important is it for you to learn from your opponent?
      Queen or King….once in the game use YOUR skill set to ensure your success.

  7. Thank you for the great Insight!! ‘It’s your move!……but with the ultimate goal of Winning?’ ‘Winning’ – a word in itself worth exploring. I initially reflected on winning in a traditional sense and all those times when I was perceived to have ‘won’, ie. I was either successful, victorious, prevailed, or attained a desired goal or outcome. Those situations when, I was able to see something through to the end and delivered on a goal that ultimately provided value (recognizing ‘value’ is subjective). Something wasn’t ‘sitting well’ in the pit of my stomach though! Then I realized I had been conditioned so that ‘winning’ implied there was a ‘loser’ – will there be the sacrifice along the way and who will suffer? a Pawn, a Knight, or a Rook – some are limited in their abilities to ‘maneuver’. Depending on the reasons for another’s inability to act, can make me want to back away, realizing the ‘win’ may not be important to me…this time. Winning at the expense of someone else may not be fulfilling. This speaks to an ongoing spiritual struggle in living our daily lives – hatred vs compassion; acceptance vs denial/exclusion; compliance vs commitment; right and wrong; confidence vs insecurity! It is the strength of our commitment that gives us the strength to continue on a ‘mindful’ path, and regardless of the obstacles that are put in front of us. A path where we are ‘true to ourselves’ in making our daily life decisions. We are all a ‘product of our past’, with our decisions hindered by our own weaknesses, fear, determination and initiative, as we take steps to secure our own happiness, while intent to not bring harm to others as a result of our actions. It is only when we force ourselves to ‘stretch’ this way that ‘winning’ is meaningful. We must be mindful of what our driver and a role that is constantly changing depending on the challenge in front of us. I think this will unleash your power!!

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      Thanks for sharing Cindy. I find your response quite thought-provoking. When we are operating from our divine self, our true self; then winning (in life) is not what is defined as winning in the traditional sense. As I told my youngest child this morning, we are “competing” with SELF and as such our goal is to make sure we are better than we were yesterday. True some may be limited in their ability to “maneuver” (which is more often based on one’s own paradigms or societal dictates) however, that in no way makes them “losers”. We use the tools and skills we are aware of until greater awareness comes. To quote Rumi “we have access to the ocean yet we go to a little pool for water, we have a basket of fresh bread on our head yet we go door to door begging for crusts”. When we take that necessary journey into SELF we come “face to face” with our divinity and our unending SOURCE of POWER. Yes we are all a product of our past. It does make a difference how we view our past though. Do we view our past as the CONTENT FOR OUR EVOLUTION or do we see it as something to forget…distance ourselves from? Every experience teach us something, what we CHOOSE to take away from it is always up to us. We all have our “demons”, whether fear, low self esteem, insecurity….we never loose them; what we learn to do is RISE ABOVE them. When we live from that place of trueness then there are no losers and when we truly living from our divine centre then we discover methods of “maneuvering” we previously thought foreign or unavailable to us.

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