Have you ever watched someone play pinball?
A steel ball drops onto a slanted table. The player uses buttons to move flippers to keep the ball moving up and down and through obstacles to gain points.
Bells ring and lights flash. The difficulty can be intense causing the player to bump and shake the table to get the ball to move in the desired direction.
When a player becomes over aggressive and the machine is lifted, shaken or jostled beyond an acceptable level the pinball machine will detect tilting of the table. Warning alarms will sound and if the behavior doesn’t cease the internal tilt mechanism will automatically stop the machine.
The player has lost control.
“Tilt” has occurred.
Our lives can be like this. We are constantly maneuvering to find the correct path, to gain the highest level, and to avoid the missteps and mishaps of life. At times the pressure of it all builds and we can fall into a state of mental or emotional confusion or frustration. This can cause us to become aggressive and shake up our lives. We make poor choices that damage or set back our progress.
Unfortunately, our lives are not controlled like a pinball machine. We do not get bright, loud, noisy bells, whistles and warning alarms.
Sometimes the tilting begins without us knowing and progresses slowly. We may see small signs- but we ignore them until we have fallen off the path and leaned too far into tilt mode.
Sometimes events are dropped into our world like a powerful thunderstorm violently drenching us with devastation that quickly tilts our life to the point of despair.
Either way, we have a choice.
We can live in the space of “tilt” where everything feels skewed or we can find a way to get back on track. We have it in our control to pull ourselves upright and see through the confusion, frustration and despair.
There will always be a certain amount of “tilt” in our lives and in our world. There will always be situations and people that set off our internal tilt mechanism.
This is life.
The ebb and flow.
The yin and yang.
The pressure and release.
The light and darkness that creates our learning.
We can live with that.
We even require that.
It is in our reaction to these moments of “tilt” in which we show who we are - our strength and weakness – our character, our compassion and our control.
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Pennie’s Life Lesson:
“Life requires some moments of pressure which cause us to tilt off course. It is how you react to it that shows your character, compassion and control.”
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Pennie Heart to Heart
There is a certain magic about where I live both physically and spiritually – on the crossroads of Spirit and Brave.
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