Life Is Like A Game of Tetris~

My son laughs, “Everything is like a game of Tetris to mom!”

Have you played the game of Tetris?

In Tetris, combinations of squares forming various shapes, continue to drift down from the top of the page. The player controls the orientation of the shapes and determines their placement as they set down at the bottom. When a row at the bottom is completely filled, it is deleted.

The challenge is that no row of blocks has any unfilled spaces before the row above it is set down. The object of the game is to rotate the shapes in order to delete lines as quickly as they are formed. A Russian Scientist invented the game in 1984.

In the current version that I have, when playing Tetris, the placement of the piece you chose determines the next piece that is sent down.

It’s like life. I’ve always said whenever we have trials, it’s a ‘God allowed’ adversity, He doesn’t give us trials, he only gives us the good. He could take away our adversity in the blink of an eye but allows trials with one purpose; to help us get close to Him.

My Game of Tetris

I was interested in nutrition at a young age. Had I embraced what I learned, and applied it in my life, perhaps I wouldn’t have gotten MS as my adversity (no one knows). I didn’t embrace the nutrition (I decided to cook as my husband liked and be a a milk and cookies mom, warm cookies waiting for the kids when they got off the school bus).

When I was diagnosed, the MS ABC drugs (Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone) had been recently FDA approved, had I immediately started using them, maybe the symptoms wouldn’t have gotten so bad (still, no one knows).

Non the less, I have learned great things living with MS! It really has been a bag of gold. I’ve gotten close to God, my husband and I have become best friends, I have learned to be 100% honest with myself and the list goes on!

When talking to my husband about it the other night, thinking about all the blessings we’ve received because of my MS experience, he asked if I wasn’t a bit grateful for the MS.

I thought, no, I’m really not. It was a very expensive price to pay to learn what I’m learning. I think that if I had embraced nutrition or started on the MS pharmaceuticals as I am now, maybe I wouldn’t have suffered with MS. Even so, I’m sure another combination of squares (COS) would have been dropped down. I’d have had different trials to learn and grow from.

No matter, it would have been an opportunity, possibly even more difficult, and I’d have learned what the Lord wanted me to learn.

I believe God sees what we need, considers what we can handle, and allows opportunities to happen so that we can get where he wants us to be.

The decisions we make will determine what comes next. Just like a game of Tetris!

What has your COS looked like? How have you been dealing with your Combination of Squares?! Tell me in the comments below.


About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.


  1. I appreciate your view on this subject. To me, it’s not the combo of sq but the rate of speed in which they fall! That is my challenge. I ran across a quote from my friend that though was written to a specific person applies globally.

    “Knowing how much you matter to me, just imagine how much more you matter to Him who created you. Knowing that God works good through all things does not lessen the pain now, however it does shine a light that you can see through the pain to guide you forward towards His goal and His destiny for your life”~Mandy Cross

    • That’s beautiful Stephanie! I believe that is the truth, I am able to joyfully live my life with this ridiculous disease because of Him.

  2. Though I played Tetris too, Life is a well designed game by God and we all get an equal chance to play. Now it’s up to an individual how to manage it, Destiny plays its role and so do Luck but then they are not the only thing!

  3. This is a great thoughts and insights from you Linda. I agree with you that life is just of tetris. sometimes you don’t know where you fit in. And life is full of surprises, you just don’t know what to come in the future.

    • Katharina,
      Yes, life is such a surprise, isn’t it? We think that if we do the right things, nothing negative will happen to us… Reality is we don’t have total control!

  4. Hi Linda! I agree with your son that everything is like a game of tetris. That we are playing games with our own life and it’s up to us how we play it. I’m so excited to read more from you. Thanks for the post!

    • Ynna,
      I’ll have to tell my son you said so! I look forward to getting to know you! Do you have MS? What brought you here! I’ll hop over to your blog and see what you’re all about!

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