Bejeweled and the Game of Life

  • What do you do when your mind is so full of stuff that you find it just zipping from one “to do” to another? Occasionally, I do something mindless, like play the game Bejeweled. In flying to my son’s college graduation on Friday, I had some time on the airplane and thought I’d get lost into a game. For those of you that don’t know the game, there are a series of 8 columns of colored gems, with about 8 gems in each column. You exchange the position of two different colored gems to make sets of 3 matching gems, then they disappear and other gems move down to fill the empty space of the ones that disappeared. It’s a game that you can play from the top, middle or bottom. I’ve never really mastered this game because I rarely play things like this, however Friday was different.

    As I started to play I was equating the game to life. There’s a lot of easy fruit at the top, but when you pick that and it’s gone, there’s rarely anything else remaining and often you’re stuck with “No More Moves” flashing across your screen. This morning I decided to do something a bit different for a change. I looked at the screen and would only move gems at the bottom or in the middle. Just like life, I wanted to go deep and stay centered.

    I found that if I focus on the superficial stuff that can appear at the surface, you deal with that only until there are no more choices remaining in life. However, when you dig deep and make decisions from a deep place, based on the core of who you are, just like the gems on the bottom of my game, the rest easily lines up leaving you with a multitude of choices. I found my simple game of escape from thinking, being anything but that. Instead of a diversion, it became a meditation. With each deep move, I asked myself, “What does this mean to me??”

    I proceeded to play what is usually a 5-minute game, but with this new strategy it became the game that never ends. With each strategic deep move, so many options appeared on the surface, so that I never ran out of choices. I actually laughed at how simple the game was once I figured out this one tiny thing. Just like in life. When we make choices from a deep level based on a belief that we hold dear, our choices never end. However, when we just pick the easy fruit without looking into the depths of who we are, the choices often dwindle quickly and we scurry around exhausting them one by one.

    Our two-hour flight landed and I’d broken every record for this game- and I still wasn’t finished. Just like life. In prior games I’d normally achieve a score of 5,000, of maybe 10,000 on a really good day. This time, I had to turn off the game at a score of 60,000 and it was so easy- now to master this principle in life and make it that easy too! Work from the bottom up, not the top down. Focus on the deep stuff- the stuff that really matters, and lots of choices will appear on the surface for us to select from. Hmmmm, I’ve got to try this “for real”. Care to join me in the experiment?

    Gail Lynne Goodwin

    Gail Lynne Goodwin is the founder of, bringing the best inspiration to the world. provides free inspiration, each day from a new Inspirational Luminary, to a global community of folks from over 150 countries. Gail has interviewed many well-known names including Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Tony Hseih, Gary Vaynerchuk, Michael Gerber, Marci Shimoff, Jack Canfield and hundreds more. According to Mashable, Gail was one of 2009's Top 25 Most Inspirational People on Twitter. Prior to, Gail spent several years as manager for her recording artist daughter, Carly. As a result of the success of their co-penned song, "Baby Come Back Home", Gail accompanied her daughter to bases in the US and to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where Carly performed for our troops. Gail and Carly created the 'World's Longest Letter' of love and support and delivered the 18-mile long scroll on a month-long tour of Iraq and the Persian Gulf in 2006. Gail is excited to present her latest course, Love in 21 Days, a step-by-step guide to finding love online. Love in 21 Days is founded on a logical process that has been tested - and proven! - by not only Gail, but also by students around the world who too have found love. Gail is a published author and a regular writer for the Huffington Post. She offers mentoring and mastermind services to clients worldwide from her home in Whitefish, Montana. Follow Gail on Twitter or Google+.

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    1. Holli Ehrlich - Wedding Podcast Network
      Holli Ehrlich - Wedding Podcast Network says:

      Great post Gail! Your observations reveal important insight. I highly recommend Bejeweled for every hard working woman (and man). I can truly escape playing it on my iPhone when and where I want. I HATE when I see the words “No More Moves.” We all want to achieve our personal best and following Gail’s strategy is sure to motivate and lead you to higher scores. What a terrific feeling that will super charge you to much success and happiness. Have fun!

      Holli Ehrlich
      Co-founder, Marketing Director
      Wedding Podcast Network™

    2. admin
      admin says:

      Thanks for your comments Holli. My wish for all of us is that we put the core jewels in place first, focus on them and watch the rest of life fall into place. Isn’t it funny how easy life can be when you figure out how to play the game? Enjoy and thanks again for your comments.



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