From The Storyteller
Hello All: Things do change over time and how that is experienced at any particular time can change with it. Enjoy, Doug
“How is that working for you?” is the question Dr. Phil often asks the guests on his TV show after they share their attempt to solve a problem. Thinking about this naturally caused me to think about my playing poker for money.
I’ve shared that high school horror story before. I can honestly say, at the time I realized I held the losing hand, my youthful card playing efforts had not worked well. That hand ended my gambling days and introduced me to a summer of unpaid caddying. 60+ years following that day I have neither lost a dime gambling nor spent a dollar playing golf. So today, from a monetary point of view, my youthful card playing efforts have worked well for me.
This of course caused me to think about when my cousin Bobby (same age) would come to visit. As competitive teens, we always ended up at the bowling alley. Our normal bowling scores were about 100+/-, so during our three-game tournaments ($.10 for the shoes and three dames of $.90) we tried to increase our scores using every bowling style we’d seen on TV.
No one left with “bragging rights”, and truth be known, our youthful bowling efforts may not have helped our scores at all, but we sure had fun trying. I smile now as I think about the two of us laughing as we walked home. Dr. Phil, my youthful bowling efforts worked well.
Which naturally brings me to an observation: Whether you’re asking two happy kids home from bowling, or an old guy (me) being pleased that an overconfident, poker playing youth (again me) lost, the answer to Dr. Phil's questions will always depend on when it's being asked - and the answer can change over time.
Moral: Timing is very important.