You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em !

Often animals communicate their frustrations regarding their human guardians.

Jasper the kitty recently communicated with me his concern, rather frustration regarding his pet guardian.

“She knows that things need to change, but she takes baby steps forward and then takes baby steps backward, why doesn’t she just go”?

In that moment the words from a famous song “The Gambler” recorded by American country music artist Kenny Rogers back in the 70’s started humming in my head.

You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em

Know when to fold ‘em
Know when to walk away
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

The song tells the story of a late-night meeting on a “train bound for nowhere”, two men in conversation.

One man referred to as the gambler says to the other man

“Son, I’ve made my livin’ out of readin’ people’s faces,

Knowin’ what the cards were by the way they held their eyes.
If you don’t mind my sayin’ I can see you’re out of aces, down on your luck.
“If you’re gonna play the game boy you gotta learn to play it right”.

The secret to survivin’ is knowin’ what to throw away and knowin’ what to keep.

The song isn’t really about a card game – it’s about handling what life gives you, what some would call “playing the hand you’re dealt.”

When fully participating in playing the hand your dealt you have the opportunity to choose the cards you want to hold onto and discard the ones you choose to let go of.

You can play to win or can just attempt to stay in the game.

Much of our life energy  is spent holding on to people, places, things, habits, routines, emotions, even memories that no longer serve us well.

“A train bound for nowhere.”

“If you’re gonna play the game boy you gotta learn to play it right”.

The secret to survivin’ is knowin’ what to throw away and knowin’ what to keep.

Jasper the cat was trying to give his person that message.

Play the game to win and commit to change what no longer serves you.

Get on a train with a destination, go full steam ahead and no turning back.

Play to win and listen to what we refer to as “animal instinct” and you will know exactly what to hold and when to fold.  It’s just that simple.

Enjoy Life!

Karen

Co-writer: Becky Starr

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