Moving each piece vs. Moving one piece

While playing a game of Trouble, my wife was moving 4 pieces around the board, I was choosing to move one. It took her 4 times as many rolls to get each piece to move as far as my single piece. In that time, she had many more opportunities presented for me to land on one of her pieces and send them back to the beginning. In my case, my single piece moved much faster around the board, but when sent back to the beginning it was generally after being further along.

This seems to be a good analogy for life. We can have a lot of things with our attention, each getting a small piece, unable to move along much. By pairing that down, we can move much further, but setbacks set back everything and much further. Resilience vs. speed. It’s a tradeoff worth thinking about.