Life deals us cards to play throughout life.
Most of the time we fairly confident in our ability to play. The cards may not be the best, but we learn strategies to play confidently. We find ourselves having to bluff from time-to-time, but we get through it and win a hand or two.
Sometimes, we are dealt a handful of crummy cards. We have no idea how we can win the game. And then, the next few hands are worse than the one dealt before it. We might even look at those cards and wonder why it seems that we have been dealt more than our fair share.
Have you ever noticed that some people can still win the game and continue to be happy and have fun, despite the overabundance of crummy cards that are dealt to them, often at no fault of their own?
Some people play poorly.
They may blame the deck, the dealer, or LIFE for not having been given better chances of winning. They may complain incessantly about without a willingness to take responsibility for how they play in those situations. They cannot see their way to turning the hand around through better play, or cutting their losses strategically.
Bad cards happen to us all; but we have to play them.
If we want to have a more fulfilling life, then we have to choose to play, otherwise we automatically lose. We have to choose to re-frame how we see what we have been dealt…what we live. We must choose to see beyond the negativity that we feel and learn how to figure out how to see our cards from a different perspective. (Perhaps, we have a habit of talking about most things from a negative perspective?)
Taking ownership of our habits can be biggest struggle.
This is the one “card” that we can choose to play differently.
When we play the cards we have been dealt in life, we are playing the game with the others around us. Do we want to drag the others down so that we don’t have to be alone in the miserable game? Or can we choose to have some good fun with others who can move through life with us?
Again, we must play the cards dealt.
It’s not always easy. In fact, sometimes, it is all we can do to just get through the game without quitting. But, the next hand we are dealt may very well be the winning hand.