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..."
I, for the first time received a Royal Flush of hearts that evening, unstoppable. I later asked my Papa how many times in his fifty year Poker history his hit a Royal and he responded "three times." We had an interesting conversation that night. He told me the people who last a long time in the poker world and make money are the ones who wait for the right opportunities to play, strong cards. They take the KK opportunities, not the K7 off-suit ones, for example. I know you know this; I know I know this, but do we always practice this wisdom? The answer's nope and that's why it's irritating when mentioned to us again. We do the same thing in life. We don't patiently wait for great opportunities, we settle for any opportunity.
The woman wants desperately to get married so she marries the first guy who asks her even though she is not in love with him. Then, she wonders why she's miserable and her relationship is failing. She does not have faith. She does not whole-heartedly believe that she's being watched over by a source that is far mightier than any human being. She tries to do it all by herself. "She" might have been me but thank goodness it hit like a ton of clay poker chips that, there was so much more to life than I realized.
I woke up at 4:30 in the morning and for the life of me couldn't go back to sleep. I tossed and turned until finally I, decided to turn on the television. I reached over to my nightstand to locate the most brilliant gadget man ever invented...the remote. I couldn't find it. I searched and searched but to no avail. Frustrated, I finally came out from underneath the covers and walked over to the T.V. and hit the power switch. After plopping back into bed, I realized my T.V. was on a religion channel. Too lazy to get back up and change the channel, I reluctantly watched.
All my life, I have never wanted to talk about the Almighty (symbolically the Ace of Hearts) in fact, it totally turned me off. People who spoke of religion turned me off, church turned me off and preachers especially, turned me off, until that fateful day. Now, I think back at how I used to laugh at my cousin when she prayed but that morning I realized, that she was never the joke, I was.
The gentleman said things that morning that shook me deep down inside and I will never been the same. I became new again, light again. He said that we are never alone and if we keep going we'll come out of the wilderness and reach a land filled with milk and honey. A of hearts, K of hearts, Q of hearts, J of hearts and 10 of hearts, powerful yet humble, that's how I imagine the promised place to be...a Royal Flush. And friends, the most inspiring part of the whole scenario is that the Royal Flush is only the beginning point of the mighty kingdom...