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Time to Hit the Reset Button?

The honesty and innocence of children can teach you much if only you'll listen.  Here's one observation from my 10-year-old that had great impact on me.

My daughter has a Nintendo DS and spends some of her free time playing SIMS, a game that let's you create virtual people and 'live' their lives in a fabricated world.  The goal of the game is to improve the lives of these virtual people and expand their interactions with their world.

About a week ago, while she was playing this game in the back seat of the car, she suddenly stopped, put the game down on her lap and asked the following: "Dad, what's the point?"  This question lead to the following discussion.

"The point of what, sweetie?," I asked.

"The point of this game.  I got to five stars but then you just keep going."

"Five stars?  Is that good?"

"Yes, it's the highest level you can go.  But once you get there, there's really nothing else.  All you do is walk around and earn money."

"That's it?"

"Yup. That's it.  So what's the point?"  Yes, I thought, what's the point indeed. 

After this rhetorical question, she hit the RESET button, re-launched the game and created a completely new character.

While we were talking about a video game, I couldn't help but extrapolate to the discussion's deepest meaning: what's the point of life if you think you're at the highest level and all that's left to do is walk around and earn money?  How fulfilling is that?  My answer: not really!

My daughter's intuition on this matter is correct: when you're at the top of your game, it's exactly the time to hit the reset button.  That act was so much more than a child at play.  It was a life lesson we can all take advantage of.  If you've earned your five stars and all you're doing is walking around and earning money, perhaps it's time to hit the reset button.  Creating a whole new life -- one with a meaning greater than stars and cash -- could be the most fulfilling act of your life.

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February 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate Laughlin

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