It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Chapter 7, Page 31, Book 14

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.

Jawaharlal Nehru

This is an interesting quote, in that it attempts to place both determinism and free will in play simultaneously. It's not about what you've been dealt, but what cards you choose to put down

A deck of cards can represent blessings and trials, worldly goods and eternal treasures. Some have been dealt sickness and job loss, heartache and betrayal. Not all of our cards are losing cards. Look at the rest of your deck. You have cards that can help you win. They are the lowly cards. At first glance, you may not think that they carry a lot of weight, but they do.

Just because Fate doesn't deal you the right cards, it doesn't mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential. 

Les Brown

The whole game is your life and you have to play with what you are dealt.  All you have to do is know how to play your cards right.  Life is like a deck of cards, you don't know what's next, but as you pick them up and include them in your hand you play them as best you can.

The day that we are born, into this world, we were dealt a hand of cards, of how our life was meant to be. Now we have many choices, some good or bad to take, but what we chose to keep and play, marks the type of life we make.  Sometimes the card picked up seems of little value for the game you are playing. Sometimes it's a nuisance, other times it's a game changer for good or bad.  

We have weaknesses, vulnerabilities, and dark sides. Some even have disabilities. But these do not have to doom us. Successful people are those that have learned how to play with the cards they were dealt. They organized their cards, kept their wits, refused to tip their hand, and learned to play a smart hand.

One should always play fair when one has the winning cards. 

Oscar Wilde


linda m said...

I have always felt that it is not what life throws at us but how we deal with it. Some of us handle "life" better than others, but we all have a choice and free will. Good topic, makes a person think. Blessings

jack69 said...

The wwII song (recitation of a deck of cards came to mind for some reason.
I do like this comparrison and the first quote is a unique way of expressing it. Just a little different than it is always used.

BUT yes, we do determine a lot in our own fate.
THANKS, Good read this morning. I hope this posts, and only once. The others I have commented on this morning Have posted multiple times this AM.

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betty said...

This is a very good one, Ma! So true that we may get a "bad" card but if we play it with all the "good" cards we get, we really can make something out of our lives. It would be a nice little pamphlet if you put together all these "life" entries you've been doing. I know a lot of people would enjoy reading something like this.


Barb Pinion said...

WOW! This post is one of your best, a post, that if read and heeded, would improve the quality of anybody's life. Thank you.! Love you Ma. Hope you have a super day.


I love how you've explained things, "You organize your cards, kept your wits and refuse to tip your hand, and learned to play a smart hand." And along the way there are always game changers.