His Kind of Odds

If you ask my next-door neighbor what he does for a living, he will tell you that he is a professional gambler involved in organized crime.  In truth, he is an insurance agent.  He has a healthy disrespect for his business, and extends that skeptical mode into his philosophy of life.  “We’re all gamblers,” says he, “every one of us.  And life is a continual crapshoot and poker game and horse race.”  Then he adds, “And I love the game!”

He’s a great believer in hedging his bets, however, protecting himself by betting both ways when the odds are close.  Philosophically this gets expressed in these sayings mounted on his office wall:

Always trust your fellow human.  And always cut the cards.

Always trust God.  And always build your house on high ground.

Always love thy neighbor.  And always pick a good neighborhood to live in.

The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but you better bet that way.

Place your bet somewhere between turning-the-other-cheek and enough-is-enough-already.

Place your bet somewhere between haste-makes-waste and he-who-hesitates-is-lost.

About winning:  It isn’t important.  What really counts is how you play the game.

About losing:  It isn’t important.  What really counts is how you play the game.

About playing the game:  Play to win!

– Robert Fulghum

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