“Hot Slots”

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It’s all a toss of the dice, really.
Some of us get lucky and find the right partner, some of us get screwed over and have our heart served to us on a tarnished platter. 
Relationships are a gamble and we are all equal, playing against the same odds.
It’s like being in a casino, sitting down in front of a shiny and brand new slot machine. You pump a few quarters in and hope to strike it rich.
It pays out a tidy sum and that gets you all excited. Then you start feeling the rush that we all yearn for. You decide that the machine is “hot” so you keep hitting the spin button hoping for a bigger and better payout.
Some people do get lucky with their “hot slot.”
Others (could be any one of us) end up losing all of their quarters to a sketchy machine, in which case you then decide to give it the middle finger, kick dirt on it like a dog after a mighty dump and move on to the next one.
Oh my, you say to yourself, this one is so colorful, with bright lights, side games and thrilling ding sounds! Surely this must be the right slot machine, sizzling hotter than an egg on a desert rock. You put in the rest of your money with a big smile on your face, because you just know.
You know it’s the most perfect slot machine in the whole casino and that it’s been waiting just for YOU to come sit your ass in front of it.
And you sit in front of it for almost 15 years, blindly putting everything that you own into it, hoping that it continues to give back the way you had believed it would.
But instead of paying out handsomely, it sucks you dry, slowly and methodically, until you walk away completely broke and despondent.
Then you have to make a monumental decision. Do you just call it quits and stop gambling altogether?
Or do you start all over again once you’ve replenished (most) of your funds?
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
-Stephen Covey
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21 thoughts on ““Hot Slots”

  1. There’s a lot of truth in that quote. We are a product of our decisions, be it big or small. Every day our life goes by our decisions. Should I get out of bed? Is it a day I’ll be happy or not? Should I eat this or not? Even though it makes my stomach hurt? See? Life is one decision after another. Sometimes they work out, sometimes they don’t. As for loving someone, I’m not sure how much we should trust our decisions. ha! I’ve been married twice, lived with someone for years and I’m sill not sure I did the right thing. The first husband was definitely a bad decision and I knew it at the time but went ahead anyway. Eh, I lived, I learned, I tried again. It’s human nature to try and try and try again.

    I really did like the analogy of the slot machines though. 😉

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    • You nailed it, Jackie. It’s always our decisions that carry us through our days, the little stuff (3rd cup of coffee even though it feels like burning) to the big stuff (should I go on that road trip and live my life?)
      I’m talking to someone right now, but I find myself perplexed as to how to proceed correctly. Asking for advice from my in-house millennial is surreal.
      Thanks, Jackie. I used to play the slots years back when I still had some disposable income. 😉

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      • Hell, I was always perplexed on how to proceed with all that stuff. I would be lost today. lol I think it’s different for all generations. When you get to be my age you don’t have time to play games….you just get on with things. 😉 Learn as you go so to speak. LOL

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  2. I lost at “slots” twice. I moved on. After that I thought NO MORE. 😲
    Then I met at a radio club & I was NOT dating him, but then accidentally we were dating. I’ve been with him 22 yrs, married for 16. I was in no rush.
    Bff you are going to hit the jackpot once he, oops I mean it, comes around. 😀

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  3. Brilliant analogy. I know others have said so too, but I wanted to recognise your amazing genius.

    There’s no need to rush into anything with any slot machine or other form of risk-taking. Sure, they may be pretty to look at, but nothing is guaranteed so just sit back and enjoy the view and keep away from getting burnt. Xxxxx

    PS. Love you. Xx

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    • Thank you! I really love using analogies to explain what’s going on in the old cranium sometimes. ❤
      Yeah, no huge rush this time, the next man must be kind, gentle, honest and not a scumbag. I don't have any time for games or buttheads anymore. ❤
      Love you!

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  4. That’s a nice write-up! Going to the “Casino” is always risky and I agree with your sentiment that some are a lot luckier than others. As for the replenishing, I am big advocate for someone who antis up again. If you want the big win, than you have to head back to the table and lay down your cards!

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