I am not an avid card player. Candidly, I am a novice when it comes to Poker. While I get most of the basics, there is a lot about the game that escapes me. My natural approach to anything new is to understand the beginning and the finish. If I can get it right to start with and I understand how to close it out, I find that I am in a good position to learn through experience in doing the stuff (of the game, project, or challenge).
In closing out a hand of poker there is a singular move that resonates with many decision in life. One must take a call on the timing of all in. When it is time to put everything on the line? Have you gotten everything you could from a situation? If so, are you in a position to close others out through intimidation or card strength?
It has been several months since my last game. The lessons from those nights after a day of fishing continue to stir my reflection. Beginnings and endings, critical as they are, set the stage for learning as one does the stuff. Knowing when to put everything on the line should always be a decision you are willing to make.
I realize that the model extends far beyond the game. As today begins, have I started the day in a way that reflects what is within me (cards in hand)? Am I always ready to put everything on the table? I hope so. I know the theme I carry with me; “I should sing with my spirit, and sing with my mind.” (1 Corinthians 14.16) Everything is in the game – my attention, focus, and present. I am here to make a difference. I am here to learn and grow.
On that fishing trip, my teacher reminded me that idiotic moves were one’s made by a cabbage head. I have come to appreciate the differences between carelessness and intentional living. One reflects a cabbage head. The other is today’s opportunity to make a difference.