Lessons from Pac-Man

Sometimes people come to a point wherein they would not know what to do. It’s unintentional and it’s totally not a coincidence.

This may occur as a disconcerting muddle but it’s actually natural. Like playing Pac-man. First, you think it’s as easy as it may appear to be, but you end up getting deeply frustrated with its complex nature underestimating the 16-bit graphics. In turn, you become intensely addicted to it.

Bite the Dots

This doesn’t mean that you don’t have goals. You have a goal and it’s actually properly zeroed in on one thing. To defeat the high score, that is. Or simply, to top what’s on top. Once you are done with everything, you move on to the next round. The next one will be much more difficult. It’s not going to be a walk in the park. As you move on further, you will earn greater points. Points that can bring you up on top.

Similarly, in life, you have plans. No matter how short-term or long-term it may be, (surely) there  is. As you wake up in the morning or even before you sleep, you plan. After all, even a slight attempt to plan is planning to plan. While living out your day, the checklists you have with you (or in mind) are getting marked. When you already checked a couple in your list, you will find yourself very productive. At the end of the day, you will get fulfilled and gratified especially when your day went as how you wanted it to be.

However, you cannot expect each day to turn out the same. Heads up for the series of unforeseen events. Also, there will be adversaries but life can never be exciting without them.

Catch Me If You Can

Red. Pink. Blue. Orange. These poorly animated ghosts will do everything in their might to smite Pac-man. In advertising, we have this so-called psychology of colors. Red increases blood pressure and heart rate. Pink represents sweetness. Blue is the favorite color and is the color of loyalty. Orange spurs on energy. If a person is long exposed with this color, he or she can become very aggressive.

In reality, enemies will pursue you. In relation to the colors presented, there will be people around you that might trigger stress and high blood pressure. Some may appear loyal but end up betraying you in purpose. Some may activate the aggressive part in you and you might not be able to handle the problems you currently have anymore. Some may even befriend you and eventually turn against you in order to shatter what needs to be splintered.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that you cannot trust anyone. I’m suggesting that you choose the right people wisely.

Level Up!

No matter hard it gets, you will still continue to be persistent in finishing the game and obtaining your goal. As you get the hang of it, you move on from one level to another. The harder it gets, the opportunity to be tougher welcomes your strive for victory.

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going.

There is actually some truth to this old maxim. Some because you cannot always find yourself in a positive position. You may be learning things the hard way and that’s going to be exhausting. Still, there’s the element of opportunity to grow.

True enough, life is about moving from one season to another. Don’t get stuck in a season. If you will, it’s going to be frustrating. There may be times that you will feel like quitting or cheating, but it doesn’t compare to a cut-and-dried victory.

Embrace failures, move on and everything will be just fine.

And also, trust God. He’s like the big blinking dot that will definitely give you the courage to face whatever you are into. That’s called grace.


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