Do you believe in karma? I sort of do, I say sort of because I'm not so sure about the Buddhism and Hinduism beliefs of a person's fate being predestined in his next life or state of existence in accordance to how he lives in the present. However, I believe in bad creating bad and good enhancing good, so if that is a form of believing in karma then count me in.
There are times in my life where it seems I could walk on water. Reality usually sets in sometime around when I step into a tub full of water. In addition, since I am a hardheaded individual and summer time has arrived, I tried it again at the neighborhood pool. Splash, help lifeguard! Actually, I can swim but that is not the point. The point is, life can be very good sometimes reflective in attitude and demeanor which translates to the winning spirit. Now, the winning spirit is what you see many times at the poker table.
After having read Jennifer's column ("Fresh Young Face'), I have to admit it; she's really a gung ho, (rah-rah) type of female. However, what she was alluding to in my comments about her may have fallen on deaf (eyes). To describe this woman, who I just recently met in person, requires that I draw a picture. Jennifer exemplifies a grown-up cheerleader type who brings gusto to the words, positive mind-set. Sort of like, "go life go, you can do it" rah, rah, rah, quality. Better yet, she could be described by using this analogy.
I wrote a column the other day about how to win when you are playing poker, and I gave you folks a couple of winning poker tips.
Tip No. 1: Observe and study the poker game that you are planning to play that day.
Tip No. 2: Rate the poker players that you will be playing with that day.
Folks, I want to tell you that I am writing a new book that I think I will call, "Sixty-five ways to improve your life and your poker game." I have decided that I will not re-invent the wheel on winning tips for poker players.
I listened to Mase (a rap artist) on my headset the other night. "Before '99 I was born again, 5 years later and I'm on again, man I think I'm born to win, me broke, that's an oxymoron, forget the bus I got a drop (jet) to tour on, Gforce what I soar on, you thinking I ain't hot your so wrong...sorry for the pro-long but now life goes on..."
BREAKFAST: Two eggs (over medium), bacon, sausage, hash browns (extra crispy), a stack of pancakes (with maple syrup) two pieces of buttered sourdough toast and a large glass of bubbly cola to wash it all down.
LUNCH: A cheeseburger (animal style) which includes double spread (Thousand Island), double grilled onions, double cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, an order of French Fries, ketchup and a side of spread for dipping, all this was once again washed down with a bubbly cola.
There's an old saying -- the title, in fact, of a book by Sheldon Kopp -- "If you meet Buddha on the road, kill him." What this means, I think, is that anyone who claims to have Answers should be met with skepticism, or possibly a sharp stick. No one has Answers. All they have are hypotheses.
If that's true of other people, it's doubly true of ourselves, and triply true in the context of our poker game. The minute we get too cocky about what we think we know, that's when the real trouble starts.
"Time Brings All Things to Pass" -Aeschylus
Thomas Edison wrote: "Hang in there. Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
Michael Jordan said: "I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot...and missed. I have failed over and over again in my life. And that's why I succeed."