"The Great American Bird Hunt" has become a favorite and we play it as often as we possibly can. This particular game is a hunting game where you shoot birds like ducks, geese, grouse and turkeys.
When we first started to play, I did quite well and scored very high. The birds would come flying out and I would just start shooting, rarely missing and scoring very high to win the game.
My husband on the other hand took his time and did not score as well. I soon discovered why. He was very patient and he took his time to look for the "double shots" where he would shoot two birds at one time. This took a lot of patience, as he would learn which birds would cross over one another.
Before to long, my husband began to get the higher scores because those double shots counted for a lot more points than my fast single shots. Soon I was sitting there looking for the double shots and I found it to take a lot more time and skill. To me it was a little boring at first, but when I started scoring even higher than I did before the competitor in me came out. I made it a point to take my time and look for any doubles I could find that would bring those higher scores.
Patience is a lesson well learned for everyone and yet this world seems to keep us all going as such a fast pace. I am sure we are all missing some of those "double shots" in life. I am equally sure that we are missing opportunities to enjoy and enrich others and ourselves.
So... now and than, I take some time to slow down and "smell the roses" as they say. I look for those "double shots" in life and for the opportunities that I might never have known about. Moreover, I have found that patience truly is a virtue.