Kenny Rogers had it right!

I was driving home a few days ago and found myself enjoying an oldie but goodie from Kenny Rogers – The Gambler.  My sister was a huge fan of Kenny when we were kids, so most of his songs from that era are burned forever into my mind.  The timing was perfect as I listed to those familiar lyrics after just finishing up a full day of meetings.

 “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em

Know when to walk away and know when to run”

 Wise words from the Gambler!  He knows that you can’t win every hand and when you stop using your common sense, you lose big.  I think we’ve all been in those situations where we just can’t let go of something and we push and pull and try to force things in the direction we know they should go.  I know I have!  Most of us really do want to help and we have a need to contribute in ways that add value to the people around us.  That can get you into trouble when it causes you to lose sight of when to let go and follow the gambler’s wise advice.

The truth is, there are usually many ways to solve a problem or to reach an objective.  Some will be more difficult than others and some may even fail where others would have succeeded.  Most of us believe that our approach is the one that will work the best – with no issues and a 100% guaranteed success rate.  While that may be true as you see it…maybe it isn’t in reality, at least not always and believe it or not, it is okay to let someone else’s idea or suggestions lead the way.

We don’t always have to be right and it isn’t about winning or losing.  It’s really about being open to possibilities that surround you all the time and knowing when to grab on to something and when to let it go in a gracious and positive way.   With a little practice and patience with yourself, you will find that helping someone else’s idea along will feel just as good as doing so for your own.  And like the gambler, you can live to play another day!

Inspiration Friday: A Sioux Story

As Friday rolls around again, it’s time for a little inspiration since I know my tank is running a little low after a busy week.  Below is a wonderful bit of Native America wisdom.  I hope you enjoy the simplicity of the message as much as I do!

The Creator gathered all of Creation and said, “I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it. It is the realization that they create their own reality.” 

The eagle said, “Give it to me, I will take it to the moon.” 

The Creator said, “No. One day they will go there and find it.” 

The salmon said, “I will bury it on the bottom of the ocean.” 

“No. They will go there too.” 

The buffalo said, “I will bury it on the Great Plains.” 

The Creator said, “They will cut into the skin of the Earth and find it even there.” 

Grandmother Mole, who lives in the breast of Mother Earth, and who has no physical eyes but sees with spiritual eyes, said, “Put it inside of them.” 

And the Creator said, “It is done.”