Sudoku is a mind game that tests your ability for logical reasoning, requiring no knowledge of mathematical operations. Of all puzzles, the Sudoku happens to be my favorite as of now. For those of you who are completely unfamiliar and curious to know what it’s all about, check out an ultra-easy Mini-Sudoku puzzle in the following link that will help you get the hang of it :
As I worked through the numerical clues, biding my time, trying to figure out which number goes where, I was struck by the many life lessons that a Sudoku puzzle could teach me. What if every puzzle was a situation, and every number and blank space an individual to deal with?
1. Every single person in your life has a part to play. A Sudoku puzzle is complete only when every number is right where it’s meant to be. You may not get along well with some people, get on wonderfully well with others, but they’re all equally important in this puzzle called life. Everyone has something to teach you. Make sure you’re attentive enough to see their clues!
2. Everything you need is right before you. It may be the people, what they do or say. Or it may be the situation itself that’s making you a stronger, better person. They may be the answer, or they may be the question you should ask yourself. All you have to do is to pick up the clues, work with them, ease your way through and feel proud of yourself. Just like that awesome feeling you get once you complete an ultra-tough Sudoku puzzle. Okay, maybe even better than that.
3. You have to try something new. Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and work on something in ways you’ve never tried out before. Sometimes when you’re stumped at your puzzle, you look for new ways to arrive at the solution. Why not do the same when you’re faced with something in life?
4. You have to have a little patience. The most beautiful, precious things in life are never free. Great achievements are the result of perseverance and patience. Give yourself time to analyze your situation and surroundings. Give yourself the time you need to resolve the problem at hand. Push yourself, yes, but also remember that there’s a time for everything – the right time.
5. No one is a blank space. Sometimes, we’re pushed to our mental limits by the empty spaces in a Sudoku puzzle. There seems to be no way to jot down another number in the box, and the numbers you have with you are just not helping. It’s a fact, people can be difficult and worse, you may feel that the right people are not around you. But remember that your current group will lead you to the next best one – love them the way they are, and love them for showing you the way forward, even if you have to work it out yourself. After all, what fun is life, if you never have to work for anything?
6. Invest on the people around you. Because they’re unique, and they’re there. And if they’re there, there’s probably a very good reason for it. While at a Sudoku puzzle, you try to figure out the possibilities around a single number. You try to analyze why it’s there, how it came there, what are the possible ways it can open up by being there. People are far more interesting and intriguing than numbers can ever hope to be. Know them and love them, because you never know what you will discover.
7. You can’t do everything by yourself. It’s not just your logic that does the job of solving the puzzle before you. You’re never alone in this world. Right at this moment, you’re up and about because of a number of people whom you may or may not know. At every minute of our lives, we receive a lot of help from many known and unknown quarters. Be thankful for that!
8. Everything is connected. Every number in a Sudoku puzzle is connected to every other number in the whole grid. Not just the ones in the same row or column as it is in, but to all the numbers in the whole puzzle. And so are we. Everything that’s happening in our lives, every person who comes and leaves, it all happens for a reason. It may not make any sense now, but one day it will, and you’ll be thankful for it.
9. Sometimes you have to sit back and relax. Hours of working on the same problem may leave you a little exasperated. Some people work better at a single stretch, but if you’re like me, you might need to take some time off. Sometimes when I feel I’ve reached a dead-end, I put down my pen and do something else for some time before returning to my puzzle. If you’re feeling stressed out, put down the pen. Take your mind off what’s bothering you. Let it relax, let it unwind. When you return, you’ll find yourself refreshed and charged to take on anything!
10. It’s a game, have fun! Don’t take anything too seriously. There are ups and downs in a game, and sometimes you feel so defeated that you just don’t want to get up and play anymore. But remember, it’s a game. It’s all about being in the moment, not just about winning or losing. Live the game, learn from it, and go through it with a smile on your face.
Because life’s a game. You can play it, you can change its settings if you wish, but never say “I quit”.