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Every hand is a winner and every hand is a looser

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Posted by on September 6, 2014
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Every hand's a winner

Tonight I was talking about my childhood philosophy with my daughter.  My philosophy is that life is just a game of cards.

I was born in 1975 but a few years later Kenny Rogers had a hit song in 1978 called The Gambler. This was a popular son in my house.  I remeber hearing the 78 of it playing (for those of you too young that is a record size…  look it up).  The first part of the song is the set-up… But the person singing the song comes to the point where he gets the dieing advice of “The Gambler”… “Son,  I’ve made a life out of readin’ people’s faces.  Knowin’ what the cards were by the way they held their eyes.  So if you don’t mind me sayin’.  I can see your out of aces. For a taste of your whiskey I’ll give you some advice.”

The advice of the song is “You got to know when to hold ’em. Know when to fold’ em. Know when to walk away and know when to run. You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table.  There’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.”

But for me that was not the true advice of the song.  The next part got closer…

Every gambler knows,  that the secret to survivin’ is knowin’ what to throw away and knowing what to keep.”

Then came the life lesson for me…

” ’cause every hand’ s a winner and every hand’s a looser. And the best that you can hope for is to die in your sleep.”

Everyone is born to different situations.  Some are affluent,  strong and healthy.  Others are poor,  week and infirmed.  But just because you got a good hand when you came into this world does not mean that is how you will be throughout your life.  Every hand is a winner and every hand is a looser. 

Now I was not born with the best hand.  In fact some of the cards I got were downright crappy.  I can’t claim that I have yet gotten a winning hand.  But I have seen some good “hands”  fail and fall. 

For now I keep playing and my cards keep coming…  good and bad… 

But the best that I can hope for is to die in my sleep…