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Life is like a Monopoly game

Updated on September 28, 2016
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Nadine was born in Holland and emigrated to South Africa in 1971. She has always been an entrepreneur and is a self taught artist .

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Who created the Monopoly game?

I came past this well written article on the history on Monopoly on a new network platform that seams to pay well for our posts. (http://3tags.org)
History is all about amazing connections between ideas and events that become reality.

The origins of the most popular board game in modern history started as The Landlord’s Game by Elizabeth Magie Phillips. Charles Darrow (1889-1967) copied the idea of Elizabeth (Elizabeth, known as “Lizzie” to her friends) by recasting the game naming it Monopoly.
Please read the whole story

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Greetings from Cape Town

Lately life has had a way of taking me on several journeys all at the same time, that is why this article has to do with how awake are we?

It took me many years to arrive where I am today, and still I can be momentarily be trapped by the illusion of it all. I know many of you can relate to me. Most of us know that the reality we create on a daily basis is created by our thoughts, beliefs and feelings we hold onto for whatever reason. Then we hope that the more awake we become the more we see, hear, feel and understand the deceit and lies that have been spreading around the globe for centuries, but personally I can still get caught into the drama of it all

Mine is the fear of not being able to pay my bills. I have difficulty getting over that hurdle and these last several weeks have been especially taxing.

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How awake am I?

  • I’m very aware that money is fake
  • I’m very aware that our food is fake
  • I’m very aware that our weather is fake
  • I’m also aware that our debt is fake

So what does that tell me about me?
Today I see this reality as a Monopoly game but I need to stay in the moment when things around me are taking on a life of their own. So let’s use the following examples:

  • The pawns represent our human bodies that we each have chosen to embody during these times.
  • The dice that we roll in order to play the game represents our beliefs, thoughts and feelings that are charging our auric field every minute of the day. So where did I put my faiths when I rolled the dice?
    Some might say, “but I have no control over the dice”
    I would agree, but we do have control over how we react to the challenges we face each day.
  • The Monopoly board represents the environment we live in. Mine is incredibly amazing, so why do I keep losing faith when bills are piling up?
  • The Monopoly money is a currency we use in order to play the game! We do start with an interest free budget on the game, so why can I not keep that in mind? I know that we do not live outside our budget, but could I somehow lose my home? On Monopoly I often did.
  • The places we land on the board is the role-play script we have chosen to play. Well I’m not so sure about that, since I’ve often landed in jail.
  • As a child I remember how hurt I was to always lose. How hurt I was when I found out that my mother and sister were cheating in order to win the game. It’s hard to want to play a game but you lose at it over and over again. It’s also hard to watch other s keep winning at the same game.

    I often wondered “When will it be MY turn to win?” As I write this I now know that life isn’t about winning or losing, it’s about the journey.

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What we love to do

It’s my journey to find ways to trust in the power of my own creation, my own reality. I have plenty to be grateful for as you can see from the photo of our deck that was taken a few days ago.
When things are happening which I have no personal control over, I need to let go and find ways to move back into a good space.

It is during these times that I ask for a sign that brings me back to my centre. That was also the moment that I heard of two websites that pay for original designs.

Being an artist at heart, creating imagery has my passion and by opening two accounts on websites like Redbubbles.com and Zazzle.com with my first store: Just Kidding, I’ve taken my power back.

Even if the earnings might not happen for a long time, it’s during these creative moments of pure enjoyment, while creating projects with my artwork from over the years, that my lack of abundant feelings disappeared.
When we are in our joy, we set the stage for the following act of living the transformation game. Being creative does it for me.

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Transformation times

We live in transformational times where ‘change’ is the order of the day. What used to work before in terms of work, can over a very short time be replaced by new technology.

We lost two major customers in the book trade. Bookshops all over the world are having a really hard time, but so do the publishers. Bookshops never paid for our titles, they borrowed them to fill their bookshelf and earned more on a book sale compared to us, the publishers, not to mention what authors get out of the sale.

In my novel The Awakening Clan the characters all have to embrace change when they find out that they belong to a group soul known as the Jaarsma Clan. The Group Soul guide POWAH warns them about the changing times. Each of them have a different outlook on life, but they all have one thing in common. Having this indescribable urge to awaken to their own truth unites them. Only then will they learn how to control the game of life.
What you see on this book trailer is more or less what happened to me before computers were a reality. I though the voice I heard came from the radio, which was not on.

What takes you into a place where you forget about your daily obstacles?

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To challenge beliefs

During the late seventies when I started to question things, especially the stories and contradictions within the Christian religion I was brought up in. I was often told not to play with the devil! My mother and later my husband meant, “You should not question what the Bible tells you.”
When a person talks or expresses their thoughts against what most people in their lives still hold on to and believe in, it will rattle some cages. You then gradually learn to keep respecting their beliefs even while they do not honor yours.

To fully awaken from this reality is not an easy journey. It takes courage to go against what most people still hold on to and believe. Those beliefs have been genetically embedded in our human form for centuries. No matter what “truth” we still cling to, each individual who is living in a human body at this moment will be given the opportunity to make a choice.
Today we live in a much more open society due to the internet, and I learned that some people are there for us to be challenged. That is their Soul purpose, although they are not aware of it.

Seeing the bigger picture

Most people on the planet today are still being indoctrinated by religious beliefs that have gone on for centuries, and many cannot step away from the traditions they have been brought up in. Those beliefs have been genetically programmed within our genes from at least three generations back, but their persona, the ego will not allow for them to wake up.

No matter what “truth” we all cling to, today each individual at this moment will be given the opportunity to make a choice because thank goodness we are NOT our genes!
This is what is causing so much upheaval on all levels in our global society. The more awake we all become the more we start to see how the human game is playing itself out.

The brilliant Dr. Bruce Lipton says that it is the cells in our bodies that affect the environment and not the environment that affects the cell.

Today we know of viruses that can kill us, or we are made to believe that they do! Germ warfare has been going on for years, but today it’s more apparent than ever before.

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Our times have been prophesised

It has been said and warned by many scholars, writers, authors and our wise forefathers that there would be a time called Armageddon. It’s a battle between souls during the end times.
To confront the idea that our family has believed in lies for generations due to ignorance is far too scary and unsettling to accept for many. I learned that when I wrote an article on Bubblews with the title EBOLA is a fake virus I got very few likes and even less comments during the first few days compared to the other posts.
The next post three days later: How awake are you? Got a lot more likes in the first ten minutes?
That told me that many people would rather go into denial about all the conspiracy theories, because it makes them uncomfortable.

We also live in very exciting times

If we truly in our heart want to fully wake up from this reality dream, we have to take responsibility for our lives. The way to do this is to forgive; first yourself and then everyone else. All the things we might have done in the past must now be released.

This video of Star Trek, (which must have been made years ago) says it all. There is more truth revealed in this short video clip than many are willing to accept, but I’ve been writing about this like so many other authors for many years.

One of the comments on YouTube was:

In the days ahead, humanity will understand this particular scene to be more than just good science fiction. Many will shine. We will soon have reached that stage of no return.

By saying the words out loud from the image below, we have mastered the Monopoly game of life.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      How insightful! Sometimes forgiving ourselves in order to move forward is the hardest part. You have given much food for thought here. I need to make more time to be creative. That's when I feel much better. Now, I'm off to see what you've done with your Zazzle store!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well I know darn well that I've never landed on Boardwalk or Park Place in real life. :) Very clever approach to this topic, and beautiful reflections.

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Interesting and thought provoking article. I agree with you that money, food, debt etc are illusions meant to keep control over us. I do disagree though, when you say the Ebola virus is fake. Unfortunately alive and well in Africa and in the few cases we have here. Should we already have a cure or vaccine for it? Absolutely, again is where the powers that be have control. People are dying from this virus so it is very real. I enjoyed the metaphor of the Monopoly game. It is a good one. Some of us are better at playing the game of life than others.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I hate board games so I know very little about Monopoly; however, I understand your premise. Love your beautiful illustrations. We all need to feel in control of our own lives and look beyond the hype and sensationalism of politics and the press. It takes wisdom to whittle the truth from the lies.

      This is a good, though-provoking hub. Making us think is the responsibility of the writer and you've done just that.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I needed an all of the above in your poll. I spend a lot of time in a world of the now. Please do not tell my wife that bills are fake. Loved the metaphor.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I think the trick to winning at Monopoly is throwing caution to the wind and buy, buy, buy. Be the landlord rather than the tenant. It also pays, of course, to be lucky. I'm not like that in real life but when I adopt the strategy playing Monopoly I tend to do well. Hmmm.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I wish I could live my real life like a game of Monopoly but I can't Nadine. I am like you in that I worry about bills not getting paid. In fact I would go without other things to mke sure I pay them. My wife is the opposite so I guess we balance each other out. There is much food for thought here.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Very interesting concept, Nadine. I don't think I can let go enough to think bills, food, and the environment are fake. If I ignore them, they certainly won't go away (the bills). I would love to know more about how you take yourself from one realm to another.

      I'll check out your stores. Your creative side always captures my attention.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Enjoyed the trip, thanks for sharing. Feel free to always question everything, but don't get carried away with any answer. Your own answer, if you listen closely, will always be better, for you, than that of another. What fun! ;-)

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Greatly thought of and the opinions are worth listening to but I won't do much more. Life has got to looked at as you would face up to reality don't hide away from the fact and what you are up against.

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      You have some interesting views, Nadine. This hub really got me thinking.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Great comparisons of life to a monopoly game. I'm glad my life is better than my monopoly game. Even though I played with honest players, I still lost! I certainly don't live on Boardwalk but I'm happy about where I am.

      Voted up and interesting.

      P.S. Your artwork is beautiful.

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      Dr Pran Rangan 2 years ago from Kanpur (UP), India

      Great hub. I like the following - Most people on the planet today are still being indoctrinated by religious beliefs that have gone on for centuries, and many cannot step away from the traditions they have been brought up in.

      In olden times in India, housewives used to make flour out of wheat by grinding it between two slabs of round flat stones. The lower slab had a peg in the centre and the upper one had a hole in the centre so that the peg would fit properly in the hole. The upper one used to have a vertical handle to hold onto while revolving it by hand. The wheat was placed on the lower slab and the upper slab was revolved by hand so that wheat was crushed into flour.

      The wheat grains that were in between the two slabs were crushed and the grains that were near the peg in the centre were spared.

      I am using the analogy to say that we will be always be affected by the realities of life. When we go in to our centre - our inner-self, we will be spared of effects of the daily grind.

      Thanks for the nice article.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Thanks Nadine.

      You've said so much here: about you, about others; about life and the monopoly game, and a few in-betweens as well.

      I myself think of it like the God-men I respect have called it. A Leela (Lila) or Divine game. In this game, all is real: money, food, weather, debt ...

      We serve and we accept while gaining experiences along the way, invaluable for our growth and progress. I may empathize with the picture that you paint, but I keep on moving, with my angle of vision firmly fixed on the Goal. ...

      I wish you an ever-increasing fortitude and much love.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Victoria as I'm replying I must admit that I have been spending some time setting up my store and zazzle, so I have been neglecting hubpages.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Ha Ha Billy you make me smile about landing on the boardwalk or Park Place. Thanks for that creative comment.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your thoughts on my article and on the Ebola virus. It feels to me that the virus outbreak is used to take our attention away from what is really happening. Creating FEAR creates ZOMBIES. People who are in fear are not in control, so they can be controlled! That is my uptake on the whole matter.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      As a child I loved board games but I have not played these games for the last ....forty years. I just remembered Monopoly the most. I totally agree with you to look beyond the hype and sensationalism of politics and the press.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Ha Ha believe me if I see a R200.00 bill lying in the gutter, at that moment I will see it as being real and cash it in.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes I do remember that that was the trick, so long as you were the first to have hotels for everyone to land on before landing up in jail. Its the role of the dice that set the pace. In life having visions and work at manifesting them is the human game.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Like Flourish wrote, it's better to be a landlord than a tenant. It's the dice that we all need to have more control over while playing the human game. Enjoying the 'now' moment might be the trick. Many positive NOW moments creates a lucky roll of the dice? Maybe.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Believe me Shauna I have not managed to ignore our bills, or letting go of the occasional none food item like a sweets, knowing that they are not food. It's the awareness of it that makes the difference. With an awareness comes choices.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your interesting comment William

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes DDE none of us can afford to be in denial or hide away from the obstacles we all face.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your kind words Victor. I'm always happy to oblige

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for reading my hub Mary. I must admit where we live does feel like the Boardwalk, so long as I do not ever have to move away.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow what an interesting reflection Dr Pran. You have painted an interesting picture with words. That our inner silent real self is always centered.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Very well said Manatita. Yes while playing the human game its all real, so long as we know that by gaining experiences we awaken to what is important. Forgiveness for our ignorance.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Fascinating read Nadine, as a follower of Quantum Physics, well you can imagine that I agree with you on so many points. I did get distracted with your link to ebola, had to go and watch both clips! lol! took me a while, the zombie thing? Nah! the fake for the camera thing? totally! to be honest I have said from the beginning of the ebola crisis that my take on it is that if it was so darned dangerous why didn't they get rid of it in the 70s?! my opinion is that the second we hit 7 billion people round the world the 'powers that be' decided to kull a few people, maybe wrong but...! on a lighter note, love your house!

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Many thanks for your comments. Because I live in South Africa and once again a so called virus is popping up in the middle of Africa and the USA and the UK military is in full force to "so called give assistance." My question is: what are they really after? Or what is the agenda behind this virus, because i know in my heart that there is one, and it is NOT for the benefit of all! Those are my feelings about the whole Ebola issue.

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      Marie Ryan 2 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Your title for this article is great. I loved Monopoly as a teenager, a long time ago, so you got me hooked straightaway. I was very interested in all the issues you raised, but especially in the one of Ebola virus! Thanks for your insights. Looking forward to finding your novel.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thank you for your visit and comment Marieryan. Yes we loved playing it in the fifties. Its been around for a long time.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Interesting how you compare life with a Monopoly game. Often the roll of the dice are not in our favor.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Sandy Thanks for reading my Monopoly game post. You are right when you mentioned that the role of the dice was not what we wanted, but then How did we react to it? I think that is where the clue lies.

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      Robin 2 years ago from Cape Town South Africa

      I so resonate with playing the monopoly and never winning and winning by cheating is surely a hollow victory. I suppose one should not care about winning or losing, but regard life as a game to be played. enjoying the journey and reacting appropriately.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Robin I'm so pleased to see you back on Hubpages. Yes our life is like a game we play. We are the actors on an illusionary stage.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I have a friend who does not have use of the internet or e-mail or a computer even. In that last few months that we have been writing (snail mail) things have changed so fast that it is hard to keep up with me. His world it almost like in a bog with not technology. Mine on the other hand changes almost day to day. I have really been thinking of all the changes and yet no changes to lives on this planet. I have noticed things like this younger generation that cannot process anything with a technical device in their hands or stuck to their ears or in front of their view. Those people amaze me because they would never know how to servive if a whole power grid went out for a day let alone a week. They do not know how to even from a garden or where their food actually comes from and they make accusations who we are being poisoned one way or another. It just amazes me what you learn when you really wake up and who has and who has not and who is being led by the illusions.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      I so agree with all you wrote. That is one of the reasons why I started with my 'physical' project; The Hanging gardens from Clovelly. ( not Babylon) We are already experiencing every day that we might be without power in South Africa. Tonight we are off the grit between 8 - 10:30. Then its having dinner with candlelight and reading time.

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      I think it would be wise to be off grid for a 6 hour time period...all over the world. It would get these yonger people to really "THINK" about their lives and appreciate what they do have a bit more. The main point is to get them to "THINK". Then again there are those who do not want people to think and just do without ansking why.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Interesting and thoughtfully shared. It is a good thing to learn to live as those who came before us lived..too....in many respects, that is.

      And your comment that we were taught not to question...I get that I think that questioning my faith and many other aspects of life has caused me to grow and become more reflective ps

      If I ever land on Park Place it will be my opportunity to help spread your word even further.

      Angels are on the way to you today ps

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      You have certainly given your readers a lot to think about! I am bookmarking this so I can come back and devote more time to the videos, etc. I wish you lots of luck in your creative endeavors, too.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes Lady Guinevere there is some merit in what you wrote about appreciating our modern lifestyles.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Patricia thanks for your comment especially (If I ever land on Park Place it will be my opportunity to help spread your word even further.) thanks for the voted up.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for stopping by Mary and for your good wishes.

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      Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I agree with a lot you say about things being "fake" I feel life has become "fake" So whether we believe in what I forefathers believed in makes no difference. We have to wake up and see what is going on around us and how we react to it. At the moment we do not always know our own "reality" and make do with what is familiar. I agree, very much like a monopoly game!

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      Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I forgot to add: I am also from South Africa and in very "real" darkness from time to time.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Glad you liked my title and post Hendrika. This reality is indeed just a hologram of our own making. We are all reacting from our own perceived script and all we have a choice in is how we react to it.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Glad you liked my title and post Hendrika. This reality is indeed just a hologram of our own making. We are all reacting from our own perceived script and all we have a choice in is how we react to it.

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Yes I saw that. Hendrika is a Dutch - Frisian name. I have a niece with the name of Hendrika. I hope you can see the light within the darkness, that is what I see when I look outside my window over looking False Bay -Western Cape.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      true, life is like a monopoly game, you had said it well

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for reading my post Peachy. Life is in-itself a game and the game Monopoly is like a Computer program.

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      stella vadakin 17 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      I loved to play Monopoly as a kid, and l like the game of life. Very interesting view about life. I love the journey.

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      Nadine May 17 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Thanks for your comment Stella

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      Sandy Mertens 4 months ago from Frozen Tundra

      Always nice to read your way of thinking. I loved playing Monopoly as a kid. Agree that life is a game. But more complicated.

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      Nadine May 4 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Hi Sandy yes our planet Earth is like a board game, but far more complex. We played it at home and both my mother and sister loved it if they could trick us, oh and did that upset me. Thinking back, I took the game far to seriously as a child. Today I like to see our earthly experience in a different light. We do need to learn how to play the physical game without hurting others. So we need to wake up to the the rules of the game. We have all fallen asleep so others have made the rules for us.

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