In Early 2014 I combined the “flock” of many who became too addicted to Dong Ngyun‘s infamous mobile game, Flappy Bird. A retro 2D styled game, using a flying bird moving ahead between oncoming sets of pipes, with an objective to avoid colliding into them or dropping to the ground. While the match was extremely simple to learn, it wasn’t so easy to master, causing many to become easily addicted, such as myself. I could not get a high score beyond 5 and discovered I was not in the minority. I also wasn’t the only one becoming more and more determined to conquer their exceptionally low “high” scores.
Simple game so tricky to beat? Then, one lazy ‘relaxed’ day, out of nowhere, I’m enjoying the game as usual, yet something very unusual happened. My little flappy bird only begun to fly seamlessly through the pipes like it was second nature. Not only was I getting past my single digit score of 2 – 5 pipes, I was getting past 10, then 20 and up to a surprising 30!
What happened? The Answer was as straightforward as the game. I stopped looking at the green pipes in front of me. The moment I shifted my gaze to the location I wanted to be, I was able to navigate my bird beyond the pipes and hear the lovely bells of rewards achieved.
What A metaphor for life this little game became. I realized how true this is, in all facets of life. Reaching our ultimate goal is simply a matter of shifting our gaze away from the immediate distractions and barriers that we often inherently discriminate. It is not just important, but necessary to focus on what we want, rather than what it is we do not want. Certainly we have to acknowledge the existence of challenges, but we can not fixate on them. We have to look more for the open spaces which are the options and opportunities surrounding it.
I Gained more than a decent high score that day. I was reminded that, No matter what area of life, the reply to success is finding that Little space of chance found between the challenging green pipes.