I admit it. I like Candy Crush. I won’t say that I’m addicted, but I will play every chance I get. I suppose it could be considered a waste of time, but I think Candy Crush and Purpose have a lot in common.
First, they are both fun. I love the fun I have when I play and the fun I have when I’m in my Purpose. When we’re in the middle of things we don’t often realize how bad or good they really are. That often comes from perspective. But I have a feeling that I’m going to look on these days (and the days ahead) as some of the best and most fun days of my life.
Second, they are both addicting. Candy Crush is addicting because every time I win, it gets harder. If I don’t win, I don’t get to the next level. Either way keeps me involved. I’ve been involved with Candy Crush and Purpose when I was busy, hungry or tired. Sometimes all I wanted to do was get away from others so I could do one or the other. One of the benefits of the game is that it cuts you off after a while. You have to take a break. Purpose does the same thing. My Muse told me today, in fact, to smile and enjoy life as I pursue my goals.
Third, as I said, both get more difficult at each level. There are times when I can sail right through. At other times I’m stuck at a particular level and I stay there for quite a while. Eventually I move on, but it takes a lot of time and effort. Sometimes I go back to an earlier level because it was easier or because it was more challenging. If it gets too hard, I complain, but I keep coming back.
Fourth, both take up a lot of time. They take up hours of my time. Some days I put in more time than others, but over a long time, I have given a lot of my time to both. Some might say they are both a waste of time. Perhaps. But I’m having fun. And the more time I put into them, the better I get.
Finally, sometimes I need a little help with both. Candy Crush allows you to ask for and give help to other players. Purpose does the same. Ultimately, I have to do the work, but often I ask my Muse what to do. Sometimes she gives me something. Other times she just grins at me and says, “Get to work, lazy.”
So I’m going to keep playing Candy Crush and I’m going to keep working towards my Purpose. I’ll play Candy Crush in my house on the beach with my Muse. Until then I need to Get Started and Keep Going…to the next level.