Paying Over Time

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So I downloaded Candy Crush Saga for my mobile device last week. It’s a pretty fun game, easy to play, and it doesn’t take up too much time…

…Because it will make you wait if you want to keep playing.

The game progresses as you accomplish objectives: “Clear out the jelly squares”, “Get the cherries to the bottom of the screen”, and so on.

Candy Crush Saga will let you fail 5 times before it makes you wait at least 20 minutes for another turn… Unless you want to pay 99 cents.

If you don’t have a problem waiting 20 minutes, Candy Crush is free… Until you pass level 34.

Level 35 is a three stage challenge that presents you with a different twist on their payment scheme; success means you have to wait 24 hours before attempting the next stage.

The stages are incredibly hard, completing one gives you a rush that makes you want to test your mettle against the next. You can bypass the wait by paying, wait for it, 99 cents.

I found myself in a Doctor’s waiting room yesterday, so I pulled out my phone and surprisingly defeated the first stage after only two tries.

The countdown timer told me I had 24 hours to wait before attempting the second stage.

They didn’t call my name to go back and see the doctor.

I wondered if it would be worth it to push the button an pay the 99 cents?

“Maybe I should… after all this is Kaiser, I could be stuck in the waiting room for hours.”

“What if this is the slippery slope that leads to a video poker addiction? I could be stuck in that little room at Shari’s for days.”

That’s when a devious thought popped into my mind, “This game operates on my phone… What if I set the clock on my phone forward to see if I can trick the app!”

In less than a minute I was playing stage two. In less than 5 minutes I had progressed to stage three!

I changed the time again and defeated stage three before they called me into the back to stand on the scale.

Those suckers at Candy Crush Saga might be geniuses at getting cash from impatient simpletons, but they’ve clearly never messed with the likes of me!

And that’s when I changed my phone back to the actual time…

I’ve attached a photo of the three completed stages, AND the 3921 minutes the game said that I would have to wait before I could play again.

Guess how many times I have considered paying to keep playing since I saw that number? Yep… A lot.

Each of us has a specific amount of time, and how we spend it determines the way we feel about life; living patiently allows us to enjoy what we have in the same way that impatience blunts the joy we take away from experiences.

I learned a pretty good lesson yesterday in that Doctor’s office, you can cheat a lot of things, but you can’t cheat time.

I’m learning that patience is something that we all want more of, but none of us want to actually pay for…

…Because you can’t pay for patience with money, it’s only paid for in time.

Everybody gets older, everybody feels impatience, and everybody has to wait for something, no matter how rich you are.

10 minutes in the doctors office removed my ability to enjoy a diversion over the entire weekend.

Of course I could play the next level if I pay the money, or set the clock ahead again, but that would simply prove that I haven’t learned anything, and that I don’t want to either.

If you see me playing Candy Crush on my phone before Monday I need you to come and punch me… Doing the crime means doing the time;)

Psalm 37:7-9
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil”

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