I’ve been asked to write an inspiring note on reaching Silver Life Master status. I’ve been digging deep, but coming up empty. Is there a more humbling game than bridge? Just as I’ve mastered a killer convention that will stop Precision players in their tracks, I miss a routine relay. (sigh.) When I started playing competitive bridge, longtime Center City players told me, “First you become a Life Master. Then, you learn to play bridge.” Well, it’s a start, anyway! But those of us addicted to bridge, and to lifelong learning, celebrate the endless conventions to conquer, complex scenarios to unravel, and — maybe best of all — new friends to share our passion. It’s worth the journey!