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Playing With The House's Money

As the Carolina Panthers went into their January 10th playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, coach Ron Rivera said that his team was "playing with house money". Lifting a phrase from the gambling world, he meant that his team had defied the odds just to be in the playoffs; in a sense they had no stake in the game, and therefore they had nothing to lose.

This can be an incredibly liberating feeling.

Sadly, the Panthers didn't win, but I've been turning that phrase around in my mind ever since. Intellectually I've always known that I came into this world with nothing, and I will certainly take nothing when I go. But it seems as if I've lived my life in a way that would suggest I believe otherwise. I've played the game with the goal of protecting the little pile of chips that I believed was "mine", as if I brought them to the table. As a fifty year old man, it's finally sinking in that God owns ALL the chips and any idea that they belong to me is, well, just foolish. I'm finally realizing that I'm playing with the house's money.

This can be an incredibly liberating feeling.

If I lose money because I am naive and give to a cause or person that really doesn't deserve it, well, those chips aren't mine anyway.

If my reputation takes a hit because I reach for a dream and fail, well, those chips aren't mine anyway.

If I make myself emotionally vulnerable because I tell the people that matter to me that I love them, well, those chips aren't mine anyway.

You get the idea.

I hope to make 2015 my most exciting year ever. I'm going to play a little crazy at the table. I'm going to bet often, big, perhaps a little foolishly sometimes. But after all, what do I really have to lose?

I'm playing with the house's money.

Billy

 

 

 

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