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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lexulous Life Lessons: Stepping back

People go just where there will
I never noticed them until I got this feeling
That it's later than it seems
Doctor, my eyes
Tell me what you see
I hear their cries
Just say if it's too late for me
Doctor, my eyes 

-Jackson Browne

Many times when you play a game of Lexulous, the moves just appear and you know exactly what you want to play.  In a lot of cases you setup that move and you play within seconds of opening the game. Other times you search around and you see the best move fairly quickly and you play it. That adds up to the majority of the time. 
But, there are exceptions. 
There are those other instances where no move appears, no matter how you search or concentrate. You have some different options here when you approach this problem. You can simply make the best move you can come up with at the time, knowing that it isn't the best move you can actually make. Or secondly, you can stare at the screen for a very long time in the hopes you will unearth a move just by working hard at it.
My lesson for the day is the third possibility, one I have begun to use a lot more in Lexulous and a lot more in life.
Sometimes you just need to stop and step back and take your time.
The answer will appear. That answer you don't see now, that you are looking for, that you need, it will just appear. Well, in truth it was always there, but you just don't see it. But, you will see it. Life just works that way, if you let it. 
It might be lucky that you stumble on it. Possibly your mind can be fresher at a later time. Or, you might see someone else in another game use that move and you apply it to the game you are having trouble with.
All of those are possibilities. But only if you step back and get some distance from the problem. Sometimes the best work isn't hard work, but distance and time to let things be. It is a hard lesson for most of us to grasp, as we are taught otherwise, but it is something that seems to work very well for me.

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