If you’re not a child of the 70’s and 80’s, this phrase may mean nothing to you. If you were alive to know this infamous line from Kenny Rogers’ famous song, “The Gambler,” you know exactly where I’m going with this.
Ever stay too long at a party and really wish that you’d left earlier? Ever looked at your closet and wondered why you can’t just let go of that item that doesn’t fit anymore? From jobs where we realize we should have quit eons ago to relationships where we wake up alone next to someone, there’s a time where you just know you have to pick up your toys and go to another sandbox.
It’s a common theme with women because we will stay with things MUCH LONGER than we should because we’re dedicated little creatures. We will work until we’re exhausted. We will take on one more thing even though we’re overextended. We see the best in people so we hang in there hoping they’ll see the same. But we also tend to lose more than we win – we ignore the signs to take care of ourselves first. We forget that sometimes we’ve been dealt a bad hand, that we have to fold in order to live to see another game.
This weekend, consider taking a moment to figure out which situations you’re in that you really can’t win and consider folding. Take a break and consider what you really want, then get in that game. Eventually, you’ll see that you were holding all the cards to begin with, that you didn’t admit defeat…
That by walking away, you won.