Silent Auctions: A Lesson In Getting What You Want

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Have you ever experienced the sheer delight of getting something that you really want?  Something that you see and just have to have?  Doesn’t it just fill you with happiness when you finally do get it?

Yesterday, the 5K that I ran in–my third of the year–was immediately followed by a festival.  The whole event benefitted foster children in the local area and there were so many post-race activities, I found it hard to leave.  While young girls showed off their clogging skills and reptiles were exhibited to excited animal lovers, there was a kids area, complete with a rock wall and inflatable obstacle courses, and plenty for the adults, including merchandise and charity booths, food trucks, and my personal favorite, silent auctions.

I love silent auctions!

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If Life Was A Board Game… Oh Wait, It Is.

Who didn’t like game time as a kid?  There were so many classics: Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, Monopoly, Sorry!, Trouble.  It was so much fun to sit around a table with classmates or family members and battle to see who would be the crowned the winner.  I secretly—well, maybe not so secretly—loved to be the one who had the last checker standing.  Charlie Sheen was really on to something when he kept spouting off about “Winning!” during his meltdown.  Though I’m sure his definition was quite different from having the best word score in Scrabble.

Board games have clear-cut rules and a concrete goal which, being a Type-A person, I love.  Everyone operates under the same clear path with the same guidelines.  No room for questions.  Whether you’re trying to sink your opponent’s battleship or solve the murder of Mr. Boddy (or Dr. Black for those not in North America), there are certain steps you must take to get to get to the end of the game.  Each game comes with directions that tell you how to set up the game, how to play, and how to win.

In the Game of LIFE, players spin the wheel and move to spaces that mark life events like graduation and marriage on their way to the Day of Reckoning where one could either end up at Millionaire Acres or the Poor Farm.  Land on a 3, move your card forward three spaces.  No more, no less.  You will collect a spouse and you may or may not collect children—each noted as blue or pink colored pegs riding along in your car game piece.

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