Let’s call a spade a spade. Some people think that playing Spider Solitaire is a complete waste of time. I don’t agree.
I’ve learned some important stuff while playing Spider Solitaire. Important life-lesson kind of stuff. Stuff that possibly I should have learned just from my many years of living but it actually took this game for me to catch on.
Glad you asked. And since I’m in the middle of a game right now, let’s dig right in.
Life Lesson #1
CHOICES. Both the game and real life are full of choices. And they’re all calling out our names and raising their hands, hoping to be picked next.
(John Travolta’s character, Vinnie Barbarino in Welcome Back Kotter just came to mind but I’m not going to mention it. Not too much. Because it shows my age.)
Some of the choices that we’re confronted with are good and some are bad. But we don’t really know the good from the bad until later on. Or in the game’s case, a few moves later.
Life Lesson #2
And with “choices” come DECISIONS. The important thing to know about decisions is that every one we make – while playing Spider Solitaire or in real life – has an impact on our future. Yes, I’m talking about CONSEQUENCES people!
Life Lesson #3
TRUST. Trust is a serious thing and we should really be careful about who we let in on our little secrets as well as our vulnerabilities. Like when we ask for help – especially when it comes to Spider Solitaire’s silent dealer. That dude doesn’t always (okay never) suggest the “right” move. I think he takes winning personal.
Tip: You ask for help from the silent dealer by clicking “H” on your keyboard.
Insight: The silent dealer isn’t a magical genie that you can summon whenever you want. You have to be playing the game.
Life Lesson #4
The power of CONCENTRATION. While some people (of the unenlightened variety) really do call playing Spider Solitaire a waste time, I call it an exercise in concentration.
Thanks to the hundreds of thousands of hours that I’ve invested in playing Spider Solitaire, my power of concentration has improved ten-fold. I can now play up to ten games in a row without getting distracted. (Or even thinking about the work that needs to get done around here.)
Life Lesson #5
The biggest lesson of all is that we can learn something from anything. We just need to pay attention. Which I’m obviously capable of doing since I’ve learned sooooo much from a seemingly waste of time.
Bonus: Spider Solitaire is also CHEAPER than therapy.
And that image up there? That’s not just ANY image. No sir. That’s an actual game. The game I’m playing right now. So, without further ado, I’m off to beat the little f u. . .
I mean. I’m off to exercise my powers of concentration. You know. So that I can focus better on, um, my work.