The Wisdom of the Gambler – Pt. 3

 This is the last post in the unexpected series about The Gambler. This is the part I’m sure you’ve been waiting for because we finally get to the catchy refrain!

You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. Simply put, you have to pick your battles. Though you may really want to get your point across, sometimes it’s better to just save your breath. This line also reminds us that sometimes, you don’t reveal everything that you know. (I’d use more card references, but I’m not much of a card player – unless you count the occassional game of Uno.)

Know when to walk away, and know when to run. A great deal of our communication takes place non-verbally. So certain things can be conveyed based on how you leave a situation. The other thing to consider is that you have to be observant of your surroundings. You’d exit the zoo differently based on whether there was a lion loose. In the biblical account of Joseph (the one with the multi-colored coat), he’s propositioned by Potiphar’s wife. He left the scene so fast that he ran out of his shirt. Sometimes, it’s that serious. Other times, you can keep your cool and saunter away.

You never count your money when you’re sitting at the table, there’ll be time enough for counting when the dealing’s done. Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched. And don’t flaunt your blessings. Contrary to popular belief, it’s okay to be humble.

Now ev’ry gambler knows that the secret to surviving is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep. Whether it’s possessions or relationships, know what will cause you to grow and what will cause you to sink if you don’t cut it loose.

My observations may not help you during your next poker game, but I hope it helps you win your next hand in the game of life. (Was that cheesy, or what?!) Thanks for journeying through “The Gambler” with me!

Below are links to the previous posts about The Gambler:

The Wisdom of the Gambler

The Wisdom of the Gambler – Pt. 2

Click here for a YouTube video of Kenny Rogers singing “The Gambler.”

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