Life is like a house of cards

By: By Cheyenne Harbison - Contributing columnist

Hey guys. Did you miss me? I told you all that Mrs. Matthews was going to allow me to write more columns if I could come up with a topic.

In all honesty, with exam prep and what not, I hadn’t had the time to think of a topic much less sit down and write; however, college exams are now over and to celebrate I decided to finally get around to seeing how big of a house of cards I could build — the answer to that question was eight levels until it fell over as I was trying to build my 9th level. While building, I learned a little bit about life and I thought I’d share it with you guys.

First of all, there’s a reason patience is a virtue. It’s because you need a lot of patience to take your life from ground zero (the first level of cards) to where you want your life to end up (level 8). Both the Bible and everyday people talk about this topic. There’s a verse, Hebrews 6:15, that says “And so it was, that [she], having waited long and endured patiently, realized and obtained what God had promised”. oyce Meyers said “Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.” Believe me when I say it’s super hard to keep a good attitude when your cards want to keep falling over. You wonder why you decided to start in the first place and you want to just say quit. Patience does pay off in the long run though.

When my cards fell over, I didn’t exactly feel like starting over for the billionth time, but I did. So when life knocks you down, don’t be afraid to pick yourself back up and start over. You may feel like you’ve failed, but darlings you only fail when you don’t get back up. It may be frustrating and you may feel like screaming your head off, but hey go ahead and scream your head off as long as when you’re done you start over.

Other times you may keep doing the same thing over and over again and feel like you’re on the verge of giving up: don’t. I had many times when I would keep trying to get the same little triangle of cards to stand up and I thought numerous times that I’d never get it to stay up. I didn’t give up though. Sometimes you have to look at things from a different angle or try it a new way. Maybe all you really need is to take a step back, breathe, and get back in there. Just don’t give up. Your big victory may be just around the corner.

Sometimes you have to know that something is about to fall or fail. This may be a relationship, the health of someone you hold dear, a job, etc.; you name it and there’s a slight possibility it could fail. Just keep an eye open. Don’t force something to work if it isn’t going to because that one little thing that you tried to force could fail and ruin everything else. It took me a while to realize that with both the card house and my own life. Know when to let things go.

While doing my little house of cards, I ran out of the original Uno cards and had to start using regular playing cards to finish what I started. This is where you realize that you can’t do everything on your own. Consider yourself the Uno cards and those who support you (friends, family, etc.) are the regular playing cards. They support you on your journey to higher places. I’d also never made a house of cards with more than one type of card; sometimes you have to do something you’ve never done to get something you’ve never had. Now I do not mean go out and do something illegal or stab someone in the back to get where you want; karma will bite you in the butt for that. I mean if you’ve only put little effort into something, try putting a lot of effort in and you may have great results.

I eventually got my 8th layer that I originally wanted to do and I wanted to push it to a 9th level and maybe higher if I kept having enough cards. However, half way up to my 9th layer they got too high and fell. This reminded me that we need to stay humble. When we get high up in the ranks of life, we get power greedy and we want to push our limits beyond what we can actually do. So be happy with all the things you have in life and be thankful that you even have them to begin with.

Well I hope you guys enjoyed that interesting lesson that came from me building a house of cards. It was actually sort of fun, so remember to just have fun in life and be happy with the end results you come up with. See you guys around next time. Stay safe, God bless, and know that you are loved.

Cheyenne Harbison is an Early College High School senior who interned at The Sampson Independent this spring and who is continuing her column.

By Cheyenne Harbison

Contributing columnist

Cheyenne Harbison Harbison

Cheyenne Harbison is an Early College High School senior who interned at The Sampson Independent this spring and who is continuing her column.