Recently I was musing on random things and feel like I have stumbled onto a great truth and realization. Life is like a poker tournament and our life situations are like a series of poker games. Each life situation - childhood, student life, marriage, office, parenting - are each different games, which we play at different levels. For each game we get a different or unique hand to play. Some cards we carry over and sometimes we receive new cards. The present game, the current cards in my hand and the players I’m playing against right now is all I should and ought to concentrate on and focus my energies on playing the best game I can. I may win, lose or draw the game. After that automatically life moves me to the next game, to the next level, whether I like it or not. And I level up. I move on to the next game. My life doesn't stop though I may think it has. Regardless of whether I won, lost or drew the previous game, I enter a new game, with a fresh set of cards at a different table with a new set of players. Now I must focus on my new cards and turn my attention to these players at my table, on their tells, how well they are playing, and strategize on how to win this game which I am currently playing. But too often I don’t mentally move on from the old game and focus on the current game. Although life has moved me to the new table and set me up with a different set of players, I don’t realize it. I forget to level up mentally. Too often my mind lingers on the old game especially if I lost it badly. And sometimes if I won it resoundingly I wistfully linger to think of the old game. This divides my focus. Physically I am playing the new game but mentally my attention and focus is on the previous game, on my loss (or win) and why it happened, how it happened, what I should have done differently, coping with my feelings of regret, sadness, loss etc. Or if I won that game resoundingly, then I cope with feelings of wanting to return to that, relive that happiness and triumph, experience nostalgia for the old players etc. And in this process of looking back, I forget to give my full attention to the cards in my hand and start to make mistakes. Sometimes I play this game as if it's the old game which I'm still trying to win. And the more mistakes I make, the more I don’t want to be present here in this new game or play it. And because I am constantly thinking about the past and reliving it, the more sincerely and strongly I want to go back to that old game which feels so close and familiar. It’s such a pity. We need to realize that old game is over and we have to let it go. We have leveled up! Win or lose, that game is concluded, over, finished, and done with. Those players have dispersed and gone their respective ways. It is in the past. So we must accept that and move on. Now we are in this new game. And all we can do now is play this hand to the best of our ability. What do you think?