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Know When To Fold Em

Posted Sep 12 2009 10:10pm

When I was a kid my parents were big music fans and one of their favorites was Kenny Rogers. A classic one of his songs I heard the other day was The Gambler. Ah……..memories.

“You got to know when to hold em, know when to fold em,
Know when to walk away and know when to run.”

I loved that message in his lyrics, it can really be applied to so much in life. A lot people with ADD are challenged by not knowing when to walk away. We can become hyper-focused on a task or job and become relentless in the pursuit of accomplishing it. Unfortunately, there are times when that mode of hyper-focus doesn’t allow us to see that the path we are on might not be worth pursuing or following through with. We tend to wear those blinders and need to be more aware of what is surrounding us. What can surround us are things that might shed a different light on the task at hand, or another task that should be a priority. If we ignore what surrounds us, that path of hyper-focus we are on can end up being the wrong path.

As Kenny said:

“So I handed him my bottle and he drank down my last swallow.
Then he bummed a cigarette and asked me for a light.
And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression.
Said, if you’re gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it right.”


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