I heard a quote from my good friend Rev Paul.
He said: ''I want to insult you so much you run away!''
It kind of made me smile. However, it also has much more meaning than sounding off at Delia Smith and her basic cooking skills.
''Go cook an egg!''
Rev Paul said those words because he wanted to challenge people. To get to the truth of the matter and find out what really means something to the individual.
I'm not sure if he insulted someone so much they run away.
I'll have to ask him.
To be fair, I don't advise people to gamble for fun. Just as I wouldn't recommend you learn to be an electrician by poking a screwdriver into a socket on a wall.
But here's the thing.
Being scared of something can be as big a problem as the fear you have of it.
By simply running away from the big tiger on the horizon you never get close enough to see it was the project of a taxidermist back in the 1960s.
What was I scared of?
If only I had been a little braver I could have seen the truth.
Gambling is the same. The interesting point about gambling is that you don't have to put your money on the table to learn something about yourself and others.
It's truly naive to think you don't gamble. Because you are doing it every day. In fact, losing a little bit of money may be the least of your problems when you see the bigger picture.
I would never suggest someone gamble for fun because I think it can become a problem of a limited mind. Not because you are stupid or daft, but you don't have the wisdom to see two or three steps ahead.
It's the same for any subject where the novice knows little to the expert.
However, don't imagine you are somehow stronger, brighter, or better for steering clear of something that is part and parcel of life. You cannot remove yourself from the gamble because you would cease to exist. Even in death, you may find you have backed the wrong side by your devilish behaviour.
Stop for a moment and consider how learning and understanding bring wisdom that may benefit you in life.
And you don't have to lose a penny.
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