Only Games Have Restarts; Not Real Life, Or Does It?


This is a response to the one-word prompt “Restart” by “The Daily Post.”

For all those who grew up playing video/computer #games (who hasn’t in the United States) #or still plays the occasional game here or there, the “save spot” and “restart” features of those games most likely became an important aspect of use when playing. The ability to save one’s progress and then come back later and pick up where left off. Or the ability to restart the game when you #have made too many mistakes to recover from and wish for a second, third, fourth, fifth chance, etc.. at the game. These features of the video/computer game are nice to have, but I think #it can be hard to remember sometimes that those futures are #only in games and #not #real #life.

I think we tend to sometimes wish we had the “save&restart” feature in real life that we have in our favorite video/computer game/s; (I know I do sometimes).  In fact, what is the appeal to such games at heart other than as a means to escape at least for a little while our real-life issues? Yes, we play them for the adventure, action, mystique, intrigue, and so forth; but only because that is what a lot of us really want out of our mundane lives.

With all the uncertainty in our lives from jobs, future career, the economy, politics, news, and so forth; it is not only easy to be drawn into the fantasy of the “gaming world,” to “lose oneself,” but also to wish what we get in those games we could get from our real lives. In some ways, the very act of playing video/computer games is a “save/pause/restart” on “real life” because when we are playing our games we are not focusing on nor worrying about what is going on in our lives in the real world.

There is some good from this aspect of playing computer games, as a distraction from real life, real-world issues; in that it can help elevate some of the stress and lets us relax and “recharge” ourselves. The danger is in the fact that we can become too “glued” to our computer games and lose face with reality as well as what is more important (life or game life). While there is no actual real “save/restart” in real life like in the games we play; when we lose ourselves in them, the games themselves sure can feel as such for a time.

A good video/computer game is always fun to enjoy and perhaps lose one’s self in for a time, but not at the expense of our “real” lives. We need to make sure that as we enjoy those games that they do not hold us back nor confuse our two worlds.

What are your thoughts and viewpoints on this subject? Please do share them, all are welcome and wanted here.

The Want For And Not Liking The Simple Answers


This is a response to #the one-word prompt “Simplify” by “The Daily Post.”

Why is that throughout all our lives, we always strive to make them better #and easier and to simplify our lives, yet when we are provided with “#simple #answers” to certain problems in our lives, we in a lot of cases have a dislike #for that “simple answer?” I think one of if #not the main reason for this strange contradicting desire is the confusing of simple with easy.

To have or make something simple is not always to have/make it easy, sometimes this is the case but not always.  What making things “simple” does is while not making the actual taking care of the problem/thing/event easier, it does make the understanding of what needs to be done and how a little easier.

This in its self can make all the difference both on our individual problems with the “simple answers” and in our lives in general, because we are more able to solve those problems and get them done, out of the way faster and for good.

What a lot of people don’t like a lot of times with the “simple answers” they get, is that we as humans tend to #want instant gratification and want the actual work of doing/solving our life problems to be easier.  So we sometimes think that the job requires complexed, thought out plans. The problem here is that in the more complexed the answer the more likely to overlook some “little” things, so that while we may be able to get the things/problems done, it still leaves us having to come back to it, or creating other new things/problems for us to deal with. This in no way makes our lives easier.

With “simple answers” for the planning out and deciding what needs to be done, we are when actually working on the issue/s more able to see all the “little” issues involved in the big issue, and thus take them into account in the answer.  “Simple” is while not always the answer, is and can be in a lot of cases if we are willing to do a little more actual work in taking care of them in order for the rest of our lives to be easier. Simplifying sacrifices short-term easy for long-term easy.

So what are your thoughts and viewpoints on this subject? Please do share them, all are welcomed and wanted.

Be Sincere, ​Not Profuse When Apologizing


This is a response to the one-word prompt “Profuse” by “The Daily Post.”

#When was the last time you had to apologize to someone for something you did? Did the person forgive/accept the apology? If #not, perhaps it was because your apology was too #profuse and longwinded as well as not sounding too #sincere.

When people apologize, too often they don’t sound sincere in doing so. This could #be due to a variety of reasons, but for simplicity, I will give you two; either they have apologized for the same thing to many times and thus are not believable, or they are so desperate for you to accept their apology that they feel the need to “play it up” and in great detail explain why they are sorry and how they will “do/be better.”

The thing is when apologies are really called for both sides usually already know full well the “reasons why” thus the person being apologized to is not really interested in hearing why. So, they are less inclined to take such apologies seriously, let alone believe them to be sincere.

When you make a mistake or have wronged someone, and you know you are truly regretful and repentant, then all that is truly needed to be done is say so to the wronged person. No explanation and/or “playing up” is necessary nor appropriate.  Whoever you are #apologizing to will know that you are truly sincere if you really are just by you being straight up and “short and sweet” in your apologizing.

What about those who don’t know they were wronged; you ask. Even then no long deep explanations are wanted nor needed, nor is “playing up” the apology. In this case, all one should do is say “I am sorry for______.” That is all; keep it short, simple, honest, and straightforward. When one says “I am sorry” those words need to mean something!

So what are your thoughts on the subject? Please do share, all thoughts and viewpoints are welcomed and wanted here. 

Looking at the Problem; not the Symptom


This is a response to #the one-word prompt “Symptom” by “The Daily Post.”

We as humans a lot of times when trying to solve a #problem tend to put too much attention on the symptoms of the problem and #not the problem its self. Why is that the case; why are we so distracted by just the #symptom, over the actual problem? Is that the right way to solve problems, or is the right way actually focusing on the problems themselves?

The issue is very similar to one being sick with the cold/flu or some other sickness; if you have a cold of the flu you tend to experience upset stomach, congestion, and a fever. We tend to focus on lessening those symptoms, but forget that those symptoms are not the sickness themselves but signs that one is sick; and that the body is #at work fighting off the sickness. Instead of focusing on the symptoms of the flu, we should be focusing on helping our immune system fight off the flu by giving our body what it needs such as vitamins and fluids (water).

The same is the case when dealing with all problems in all cases, focus not on the problem’s symptoms, but on what is needed to naturally” fix/heal the problem and get back to regular operating procedures. When one tries to solve a problem by focusing on the symptoms and not the cause, then one risks either making the problem worse or creating new/more problems to deal with because all that you are doing is further messing up, and changing the system/body that the problem resides in. By doing this you prevent the “immune” system from doing its job correctly and resetting the system to before the problem ever showed up.

The problem of focusing on the symptoms and not the problem its self is no better seen and a problem its self then when dealing with economic troubles, slowdowns, and so forth. Low employment and people losing their jobs while terrible and no one wants, is just like a fever with the flu; that it is just a symptom of the broader economic system that we live and work in trying to correct a mistake that was made that had upset the balance of the whole system. When governments try too much to stop these symptoms it not only distracts them from finding out what went wrong and correcting the issue but it only makes things worse. Things get worse for the economy because it now has more “junk” closing up the wheels of economic growth.  Instead of trying to solve the issues of the symptoms of economic slowdowns such as unemployment, governments should instead just wait it out and help those who lost their jobs all of a sudden to cop and survive until they can get a new job.

So no focusing on the symptom/s of a problem whether hen the problem its self is not a good thing despite the fact that is how most people and society handles their problems. If we can just learn to do the opposite, then we would have a lot less problems in our life times and when we do have them, would be able to recover more easier and faster from them. While it is often tempting to focus on the “pain” that the symptoms cause, and wanting to do anything and everything to get rid of that pain; we need to learn to “chug it out. What are your thoughts on the issue of problems and their symptoms?