I can’t roll a large straight.
My wife and I enjoy playing the dice game Yahtzee. One of the objects of the game is to roll a 1,2,3,4,5 or 2,3,4,5,6 on five dice.
I just can’t seem to do it.
Sometimes I’ll get very close, rolling 4 of the 5 needed numbers on my first roll. Even with two extra dice throws available, I still can’t come up with the needed numbers. All of the statistical probability in the world doesn’t help me.
My wife, on the other hand, rolls more large straights than she needs. Right off the bat, first roll, all 5 numbers just exactly as needed.
The large straights go to her naturally, and no amount of will power or chance can seem to help me.
So how do I respond? I can bang my fist in frustration and decry the injustice of the universe.
Or, “I can roll with it.” I can accept that the large straight isn’t likely to happen, and turn my attention, energies, and dice rolls toward other goals. I can let go, and enjoy the freedom to invest elsewhere.
Sure, sometimes a large straight comes up for me, and every once in a while I try to test the odds once again. But to fixate on the improbable outcome, to become frustrated or disenchanted, just isn’t going to help.
Besides, if I let go of getting the Large Straight, that just frees up one more turn to go for the real prize: Yahtzee!