His Kind of Odds
Robert Fulghum

  

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!

Does he really believe that?  Does he live by it?  I don't know.  But I play poker with him.  And I bought my insurance from him.  I like his kinds of odds.
   

Here is more of Fulghum's philosophy--always go with dreams, imagination, hope, laughter, and love-- accompanied by random musings on dandelions, medicine cabinets, and the vices of excessive tidiness, which are quirky and often thought- provoking.  Undergirded by his love for family and (loosely understood) for God, this makes refreshing reading.

  
   

Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect. 
We take what we get and are thankful it's no worse than it is.

Margaret Mitchell

  


 
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