For the past several months, I’ve been playing Solitaire on my phone…sometimes to the point where I believe this to be a bit of an addiction…sometimes to the exclusion of other things I “SHOULD” be focusing on.

Last week, I decided if I’m going to play it, I’m going to find some life analogies and lessons in it. Of course I decided that. Just playing wouldn’t be productive, wouldn’t have a “good enough” reason.

You should know that when you open this game up, you can just continuously choose ‘New’ until you find a board you like. ┬áThe minute you touch any of the cards, or press Auto, you’re in the game.

Here’s the list of what I’ve come up with so far….by the way, now that I feel like I’ve come up with most of the viable analogies/lessons, I find I’m not so interested in playing Solitaire anymore…in more ways than one.


  • Only move on things that feel good.
  • There are a large number of things that feel good and if you pass one by, you’ll refine what you’re looking for and find something better.
  • Sometimes if it looks pretty good you can still make a go of it but pay close attention to what goes wrong or right so you can use it to look next time.
  • Look for possibilities and when you can’t see them maybe put it down and come back with fresh eyes later…
  • …or get someone else to take a look.
  • Don’t get too stuck and remember there are other things out there. this isn’t the only game in town.
  • Sometimes when a board is interesting, you just go for it, even if it looks challenging.
  • Shuffling the deck always gives you a new view.
  • If you make some wrong moves, there’s often an opportunity to back up a few steps.
  • And sometimes there’s even a way to restart a game, only this time you’ll have a little more knowledge
  • If you start too fast sometimes you miss critical information and don’t notice something major is missing.
  • When something stops being fun altogether, stop doing it.
  • Few things are once in a lifetime opportunities. if you pass something by, another good thing will usually come along especially if you know what you’re looking for.
  • All good opportunities don’t look the same. be open minded and curious about each one.
  • When it starts pissing you off, put it down. or pay attn to why it’s pissing you off.
  • When you keep getting bad hands or you don’t like playing anymore it time for a new game
  • Sometimes even when you wait a long time to play, you don’t pick the right game.
  • Don’t let the amount of time you took to choose a game influence your decision about walking away. If it’s the wrong game for you, it’s wrong.
  • If you pass something by too quickly, and think after it’s gone by “Oops, that would have been a good one”, see if you can figure out why, then stop looking back.
  • If you pass something by too quickly, and think after it’s gone by “Oops, that would have been a good one”, remember you don’t actually KNOW that unless you’ve played it.
  • It IS partially about luck, but it’s MOSTLY about knowing what to watch for, and then having a strategy to win.
  • You can still win, even when you’re playing the game alone.
  • Doing something mindless is a good space to be for practicing mindfulness.
  • It’s also a good place to be for solving larger problems in the background
  • Analogies and life metaphors are available everywhere. even in solitaire.
  • You can justify just about anything to yourself.

~ cj 2012.12.19

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One Response to Solitaire

  1. Steve says:

    It’s not just a game. It’s justifiable solitaire!

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