IN THE GAME OF LIFE some people are beaten by their own hand. No matter how much you coach them, try to teach them, it always backfires with a certain type. It ends up the same. Just like the cards, you have to hold them or fold them. It’s hard to let go of a hand you love to hold, but sometimes that’s the only sensible choice.
When there comes a point in time when you can’t improve your hand, you can only improve your play and if you can’t do that it only leaves one thing left to do–fold your hand.
There are strict rules in every game, even if we don’t think it is a game. Life itself is a game. It’s a game rather we think of it as such or not. It is. There are winners and there are losers and there are those who will hang onto a losing hand, even if it beats them all the way to stone-cold broke. After awhile you just have to let go. It’s better to let go and wait for another hand–hopefully a winning hand–than to push the issue when the odds are stacked against you. The probability of winners against losers always favor the loser. There are far more losers than winners. And if a winner stays at the table too long, he too, is sure to lose. Life is the same way. Identically. A card game or the game of life, they’re played the same identical way. Like Kenny Rogers sang, “You’ve got to know when to hold them and when to fold them.” And if you don’t, you’re going to lose. That line is applicable in both cards and life.
Sometimes you can’t coach the player, you just have to let them play their own game and see how the chips stack up or fall. If the chips fall too many times and a player goes all in and loses, they’ll wind up broke and there will be no more game playing for them. They’ll be finished. Someone else will be playing on their dime. For some, rather playing too long at a poker table or the table of life, they wind up pushing a shopping cart on a street full of losers. Every town has at least one such street. Nearly every one on those streets have a broken heart–they lost something that was dear to them. That’s not a destiny most vision, but it’s one an awful lot of folks find themselves landing in. It’s all because of the decision of which cards to hold and which ones to fold. The cards of life come with a much higher price and a much bigger risk.