Your opponent is just another form of you, only difference is the present you is still stuck at a lower perspective of life.

Chess Set (Shatranj in Iranian), glazed fritwa...

When Sir Isaac Newton postulated in his third law of motion “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” it was not only in the physics of life but also in the entirety of life’s processes.

From growing up we learn how we change with time. But that’s not even the crux of the whole system. You see when we make certain decisions based on the need to take action, we seem not to realise that a good number of events are concurrently taking place.

You imagine a chess game with two players having one goal. When one player makes a good move, this forces the other player to think of an escape route or a way to counter that move.

Chess is a game played in turns, and a good chess player knows that you must avoid wasted moves. You are only allowed one move at a time, so if you are being attacked you make a defensive move that puts you in control of your pieces and probably pressurizes your opponent.

When a player has got no legal moves to make while the king is not in danger of being captured, we run into a scenario known as a stalemate.

Interestingly, this scenario of exchanging moves is one that we experience every day of our lives. Most of us do not realise it, but when we hit a difficulty or are faced with a daunting challenge, the other player has just made a good move. It’s up to us to come up with a better move.

Typically, a better move is usually one that reinforces / strengthens the point being attacked, or one that draws attention away from the point being attacked unto the opponent’s supposed weak point.

When we face those tough problems that seem to last very long, we are usually stuck on the next move and life will keep waiting for us to make our move. We can of course ignore the next move and focus on other smaller areas outside the main arc of our “game”. Doing so will likely give you time to cool off and relieve some of the pressure.

Note that once you make a good move, life will now have to the challenge of coming up with a better move. During the time your life is preparing its next move, you could make the most of this time by improving yourself. The better thinker is one who has learned the thoughts behind the actions that led great men to their destinations.