Yesterday I was checking up the news in my office, the Covid 19 and how long it sits on brass and surfaces and airborne possibilities I ran past the notification that Kenny Rogers passed away.

I’m not a really a big country music fan, but I used to really enjoy that song ‘The Gambler’ by Kenny Rogers and a couple of speeches on it before, He didn’t write this song as most singers don’t but he did make the song famous.

 Sometimes It is unfortunate when people who we respect and know, they could be icons and when they pass away, they get caught in this pandemic media cycle and not a lot of people are going to pay attention to his passing as they would if this was not going on.

So, I thought I would just share what I learned from that particular song with you people.

The Gambler

“The Gambler” goes like this…

On a warm summer’s evening
On a train bound for nowhere
I met up with the gambler
We were both too tired to sleep
So we took turns a-starin’
Out the window at the darkness
The boredom overtook us
And he began to speak

He said, “Son, I’ve made a life
Out of readin’ people’s faces
Knowin’ what the cards were
By the way they held their eyes
So if you don’t mind my sayin’
I can see you’re out of aces
For a taste of your whiskey
I’ll give you some advice”

So I handed him my bottle
And he drank down my last swallow
Then he bummed a cigarette
And asked me for a light
And the night got deathly quiet
And his face lost all expression
Said, “If you’re gonna play the game, boy
You gotta learn to play it right

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And 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

Every gambler knows
That the secret to survivin’
Is knowin’ what to throw away
And knowin’ what to keep
‘Cause every hand’s a winner
And every hand’s a loser
And the best that you can hope for
Is to die in your sleep”

And when he’d finished speakin’
He turned back toward the window
Crushed out his cigarette
Faded off to sleep
And somewhere in the darkness
The gambler he broke even
But in his final words
I found an ace that I could keep

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
Know when to fold ’em
Know when to walk away
And 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

Now the beautiful thing about the lyrics of this song that make a beautiful poem also, is that there is young person on the train who is sitting next to an older individual and that older individual is teaching him while hustling him at the same time.

It also lets you know that this life of hustling is headed nowhere, The young man is sitting on a train and the train is bound to nowhere s you u know let you know that inside of the hustle or that hustling now where nowhere and the gambler sitting there asks this young man if he needs an advice, the gambler is broke and he’s  on a train headed for nowhere but he is going to offer this young man to share some advice, the young man asks for an option to get of the train and go somewhere and the gambler says you give me a hit of your whiskey and you’ll get some advice he gets the whiskey drinks it all, then bumps him for a cigarette and asks him for a light and the gambler was playing his cars beautifully.

He got on the train with no cigarettes with no lighter and no drinks and was able to do something that a lot of folks get caught up in they get caught up in the end in the in the acquisition of non-durable good they smoke, he felt good because he dranks and smoked but at the end of the day he had nothing to show for.

He was on a train bound for nowhere



The man did get a quality piece of advice he found out that my particular circumstance in life how I sit in this particular see them life the cars that I have to play the cards in my hand if I don’t complain about the cards I can understand it every hand that I can play as a winner because like every hand as a loser, because at the end of the day it depends on how you play it.

Life is going to be full going to be full of trouble and the best you can hope for is a dying in your sleep.
All of us are going to leave here. You have a choice on which train that you travel and you have a choice about the cards that you play and every hand is a winner just like every hand is a loser.

He gets the takeaway information that he needs.

You got to know when to Hold them.

You got to know when to Fold them.

You got to know when to Walk away.

You got to know when to Run.

HOLD. You gotta know when it is wise for you to hold and not speak, to not get angry and mad, to now text without thinking or showing a negative face, just being patient and holding always protects you from yourself and others.
FOLD. There are times when you need to decide that it’s time to fold, pack up, and stop and do something that helps you better, Sometimes you need fold from some relationship, Sometimes you need fold from some Job, Or maybe certain behavior or habits that you need to fold from, you must remember when it’s time to fold.
WALK AWAY. There are certain times when you need to walk away from some stuff, when you walk away you don’t need to alarm others you just slowly walk away, you should realize that it’s not going to benefit you if you stay here for long so it’s time to slowly move on.
RUN. Then there are times when things get emergent and you just have to run and get away from that area as soon as possible and there’s no time to hold or even walk away. You just have to run quickly.

Then he gives you a Bonus in the end.

“Don’t count your money when you’re sitting at the table
There’ll be time enough for counting when the dealing is done”

He doesn’t just talk about money talks about the things that you’ve acquired.  It could be the information that you acquire sometimes when you when you’re talking in the discussion, don’t let everybody know how much you know about something.

Many of us don’t understand when we’ve been given our cards and we just have to play what we have and then we don’t understand how to play what we have, and then we don’t understand that every time we have a hand, we don’t have to pay it.

You can fold you can hold you can walk. And you can run. But at the end of the day, don’t count your money when you’re sitting at the table have some wisdom practicing wisdom.

There’ll be time enough for counting.

When the deal is done…

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