Gambling will break you.
I say this in the figurative sense. Gambling with money is something I’ve seen take some people dowwwwwwnnnnn. I mean, far, way deep down. They lose everything.
But today, I want to talk about how we play Russian Roulette with our lives and the things & people most precious to us. Who’s gambled thinking there was something better only to find out you’d been duped into some sheer foolishness?
I’m not sure why I took the gambles and the chances I have. I’d like to think it was mostly because in hindsight I was looking for love, I was looking to reach another level, I was seeking success, I was seeking to improve my life.
All I can say is I’ve had some friends and family who have been ultra good to me, amazingly supportive and forgiving throughout the years of madness and mayhem. If not for God and them, I’m not sure where I would be. With all that said, then there has to be something, at some point in our lives we’re not willing to gamble away. That’s why it’s called a risk, a gamble, a chance. I mean, we could say that everything is a chance. What I’m talking about here are those life-changing moments with things that shouldn’t be negotiable.
And here’s a secret I wish I would have known years ago: those moments aren’t always the loud situations where you KNOW you’re in the wrong place, making the wrong choice, surrounding yourself with the wrong people. Sometimes they appear that way – yelling and glaringly wrong. Most times not. These moments are subtle. They’re quiet. They come when you’re alone. They happen when you can’t call anyone to reach out for help. They happen when no one is watching (or so you think). These are the moments that change and determine your life. They add up. Just like saving or spending adds up. It’s just like when you start off with a $100 dollar bill and break it. You can have $98.50 and now it’s easier to spend a $20.00. Next thing you know, you’re down to three dollars wondering where your money went.
Morals and your principals are often like that too.
Once you bend one, for a reason of convenience that day, it gets easier to bend the rest of the rules. Making exceptions can make you question your foundation when you don’t have to.
I’m telling you this today, because I have found myself in this situation and talking with people over this very same thing lately.
Treasure is gained and lost with every decision we make. Sometimes, lost treasure is never recovered. Other times, it’s left for someone else to discover later. Are you just squandering away your treasure (life, opportunities, loved ones) one bad decision at a time? Something that could have been avoided?
Just make sure the decisions you make, to the best of your ability, are the decisions that lead you to the life you want. Each small and large decision at a time.
They add up.