Let’s Play a Game

Let’s Play a Game 🤓

How to Play “Success!!!”
Objective: To leave people/places/things in a better condition than which you found them. (a.k.a. Success!!!)
Game Set Up and Assembly:
Individually Shuffle the decks marked “People,” “Places,” “Things,” and “Life Happens.” Set within easy reach of all players. 
Choose one person to thoroughly read the instructions in a clear and easy to understand tone of voice. This person will also be asked to reread instructions throughout the game for clarification, and to mediate disputes, as needed. (Note: It is best if this person is in agreement to help with this task, and that a majority of players are also in agreement with the selection).
To start: Choose a token from the ones included in the basic set that best fits you. (Note: for more advanced players, to make the game more challenging, or if not enough tokens were included in the basic set, you may select any object you find around you to represent you on the board. However, your token must NOT be of a nature to impede, incumber, or obstruct Any Other Player’s ability to start the game. Also, your token must be visible to the naked eye!)
Next, Draw three cards at Random, one each, from the decks marked “People,” “Places,” and “Things.” These will be the conditions under which you will start this round of game play.
Then, shuffle and place the “Life Happens” cards within easy reach of all those playing. (Note: Spectators are more than welcome to cheer on those playing, offer strategic advice, and even taunt if they feel so inclined, but they must not interfer with the flow of play. They may, however, join in the game play at any time, but will have to start from the beginning; see above instructions at “To Start”).
Finally, Place your token at any position you prefer on the board. (For example, you could choose to start on Skid Row, Under the Boardwalk, Easy Street, In the Jungle, etc…)
Once a reader has been chosen, tokens have been selected and placed on board, initial cards have been drawn from the 3 piles, and “Life Happens” cards are within easy reach, you may begin game.
To begin play: Role the dice to see who goes first. You may choose to either let the player with the highest number go first, lowest number, etc…However, play Always passes to the left in a clockwise fashion. 
(House Rules Variation: You may choose to skip the dice altogether, and allow the youngest player to go first, oldest player to go first, etc…)
Advancing Token: Every player with a piece on the board Must take a turn. However, If a player is not paying attention they may be skipped! Depending on House Rules, some may allow the player a Chance to “catch up” as soon as they realize the player has been skipped. However, some House Rules may choose for the player to Not be allowed to “catch up.” (Note: For optimal enjoyment, it his highly recommended that All Players initially agree on House Rules before players begin play, and, also, with each subsequent new round of game play).
On your turn, Role the Dice, advance forward in the number of spots indicated on Dice, and complete the task on the corresponding spot. Once completed, your turn ends, and play continues to the player on your left.
Play Continues in this manner until you reach the space marked “The End.”
Congratulations You Have Made It to The End—Success!!!
Strategies: There are many different strategies that may be employed for winning the game depending on several factors including: which cards were initially drawn from the above 3 categories, which area from which you chose to start, where the Dice moved you during game play, and the choices you made after drawing a card from the deck marked “Life Happens.” 
However, to get the most from your gaming experience, it is suggested you: consult those who have played the game the longest, employ new and different techniques as needed, and/or find the techniques that work best for you through trial and error, and multiple rounds of game play.
To best accomplish objective: Remember-“In every Job that must be done there is an element of Fun. First, you find the Fun, and *snap* the Job’s a Game!” (a.k.a. The Mary Poppins Approach). 
Please Note: Whichever techniques you choose to employ, it is highly recommended that you have fun and enjoy the game as it unfolds.
Follow these simple rules and instructions, and You, too, can “Be a Winner at The Game of Life,” er..um…I mean Success!!! 


I drove into the tiny shop
Sputtering and wheezing all the way

I knew it was time for a tune-up
Had been idling rougher and rougher each day

Was definitely not firing on all cylinders
With spark plugs that did anything but
Was leaking all sorts of fluids
My squeaky old jalopy was currently in a rut
After years of faithful service
This once classy chassis had lost her rosy hue
I hoped the old mechanic, Doc
Would know just what to do

He hummed as he started inspecting
Gave the tires a thump and then a tap
Then he looked inside and his eyes grew wide
Saying: “I think I see where the trouble’s at!
Your Giggle Inducer is busted!
It’s what gives this model its ‘Get Up and Go.’

But have no fear, it’s an easy fix.
At least, for those of us in-the-know.”
First he started by turning the engine off
Something so simple, yet a vital first step.
Then he flushed the entire system
And refilled it with the best quality you can get.
Next he washed and polished everything
Instructing me on how to do the same

Finally, with his part all done
My turn was all that remained
I gathered up my courage
Daring to Hope that just once more

I’d be cruising down the highway
Hearing that mighty engine roar
I turned the key and what do you know?
My heart leaped out of my chest!
Turns out my trusty old wagon
Was just in need of a well earned rest.

On Inspiration

When it’s right you feel it flowing-
Moving, churning, bubbling, all knowing.

You hear it–see it twisting,
beginning to shape and take form.

Though it’s still barely a whisper, a caress,
a shadow dancing in the storm.

It comes in waves, and won’t stay long.
So take it, embrace it!
And let it lead you on and on…

Be Kind

Be kind, be kind, be kind

Sometimes you just can’t help what you were named
Sometimes you just can’t stay to watch your children grow up
Sometimes the boogeyman is real
Sometimes accidents happen despite all your precautions
Sometimes the dog really did eat your homework 
Sometimes this moment is all you are given
Sometimes that is all that you have left to give
Sometimes Kindness is the only thing you can control 
Because there, but for circumstances, go I.