Today, let us talk about competition connecting with games. Yes, Snakes and ladders one of my favorite childhood game I often used to play with my sister and with my friends. I am sure many must be aware of this game but those who are not aware of this let me tell you this is kind of an interesting game which often if connected with life gives you lessons indeed.
It is an ancient Indian board game regarded today as a worldwide classic. It is played between two or more players on a game board having numbered, gridded squares. A number of “ladders” and “snakes” are pictured on the board, each connecting two specific board squares. The object of the game is to navigate one’s game piece, according to dice rolls, from the start (bottom square) to the finish (top square), helped or hindered by ladders and snakes respectively.
The game is a simple race contest lacking a skill component, and is popular with young children.
This game knowingly or unknowingly had taught me many lessons though being an observer I grew up playing this game and learnt the language of animosity, friendship, jealousy and competition of course.
I remember, my grandfather taught us how to play this game. By US I mean my sister and me.
We both were little, bit naughty tiny beings. It was difficult for our family to make us stay at home as me and my sister enjoyed ringing bells in the afternoon of our neighbors. Of course, we were aware that it was their nap time but we were two little brats and often neighbors used to complaine about us to our parents in the evening because our parents were working couples hehehee!!!
So to make us sit at home they bought Snakes and ladders and gifted us so that we could sit at home and play. However we could not understand what the game was all about beside reading the tiny paper inside which teaches us how to play, our grandfather was at home that day, he had taken a day off from his office. We both looked at each other and decided that let daddy teach us how to play.
The game can be played by more than two people and you can start playing once you roll dice to six and then if you are lucky to get one you can straight away climb a ladder and then the game moves on, where ever there is a snake and if you end up rolling your chance to snake then it is assumed that the snake has bitten you and you roll down where his tail lies and whosoever will reach to 100 will be declared as a winner. We learnt this game from our grand dad and enjoyed playing and sometimes we used to roll the board upside down if one of us was about to reach 100. Of course jealousy plays the main role wherever competition is.
Well, never thought that a game could be so full of lessons. The insight came to me when I was working for Australians. The embassy used to hold competitions which would take you to the upper grade I mean it is kind of a vacancy where outsiders were also allowed to apply but inside the situation was different. We all were friends, discussed life and also enjoyed team lunches or a short walk with friends in the afternoon. You know things like that but once the vacancy was declared … no one was your friend , all of sudden everyone turned into competitor J
This game teaches us that if the dice of your fate takes you higher makes you climb ladders even if you want or not you will be in game creating rivalries, in the form of those who are below you, striving to climb higher like you, in the form of new players or slow players. Then comes another set of rivals ; those who are above you in the form of bosses ; definitely they would not like you to be on top like them so they will bring on some snakes which would bit you and take you bit lower. The idea behind this would be keep on playing and rolling your dice till you reach on top, you might end up killing the one who would be very near to 100 but your aim should not have emotions.
Emotions make you dull. Kill who so ever comes in between and reach to the point.
But what will happen once the game is finished and you would succeed, you will end up making more enemies, your friends would stop trusting you, you would be all alone with the victory indeed..
Every game gives us lesson it is upon us how we win it and how we lose it.. In the end I would say we are competing with no one but ourselves…
The game teaches us that life is full of obstacles , we would find back stabbers, jealous people , not so healthy competitiors in the form of snakes and there will be people in the form of angels who will guide you towards the ladder in the form of fate .
So live it up till the time you could and make more and more of enemies than friends cause friends might end up lying to you sometimes for your happiness but your enemy, he would in his jealousy ofcourse would guide up towards what is right..
Learn to be jealous
Learn to be hard
Learn to be a person
With aim in your heart
Obstacles will come in the form of lovers
Obstacles will come in the form of haters
But be strong
Move ahead in the game
Leaving emotions at bay
Once you will be a winner
Learn to look down
To those who once called you looser
Learn to listen to your enemies
Learn to play with the tantrums they give
They are your friends in disguise
Guiding you towards your aim right
They are those snakes who would kill you instantly
But you learn to be a ladder and guide others with love indeed
Don’t heed so much towards enemies
That you end up discerning your qualities
Don’t heed so much towards negativity
That it kills the relation with self indeed
That you wonder around the lonely roads
Begging love from everyone you meet
Without focusing where it leads………..