Friday, March 14, 2014

The Game Of Life

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.-Dale Carnegie 

I like to play cards a lot. Some of my favorites are spades, 500 rummy, hearts, and an occasional black jack and poker game does my heart merry.
I’m quite good at some of them, too.  I have realized that the game of cards is all about chance, and managing your chances.  fifty percent of your win comes from the hand you’re dealt, and the other fifty percent of your win comes from being able to play well the hand that has been dealt to you.

Life is much the same way.

Life is like playing cards. The winners are the ones who can play well the hand that is dealt to them.
Many have said that life consists of chances, and I’ll say that playing those chances well, often puts a person out ahead, where playing your advanced position reaches higher stakes.
Losing is never really forever, and the traditional concept of winning can very much be temporary.
One must play the hand that is dealt to them, and play it wisely, until you’re able to deal yourself a better hand. Playing  well the hand that is dealt to you is paramount …for great hands have been squandered, while crappy hands have frequently been played well.
Planning in life is essential, but since we don’t control the game, we must control well our responses to the game being played.

Play the game of life well and don’t allow the game of life to play you. We do that one hand at a time. It only takes one hand to gain the advantage. The rest is management of our advantages, to maintain the strategic edge.

A significant part of our win is enjoying the experience, engaging the love and people  along the way, and the wisdom learned that made us a better player. Without these, life has played us. To the extent that we’ve done these things, we’ve played the game of life well.
Keep in mind that in the end game of life, we all leave the earth with the same…our souls.
The ultimate win is being able to place our souls into the right hands when we leave.

I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift, or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise; or wealth to the brilliant, or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. Ecclesiastes 9:11

Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.-Italian Proverb

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