It’s how you play your cards

Jonathan Swain

I’ve heard it said that it’s not important what hand you’re dealt in life, it’s how you play your cards.

According to MSNBC “by any measure, Jonathan Swain, who contracted AIDS as a baby in 1983, isn’t supposed to be here.” But this is not just a story about an AIDS baby who made it. This is a story about a very special human being who still refuses to accept that just because you’re dealt a bad hand doesn’t mean you always have to fold.

It’ll take a little time to read this story, but trust me, it’s worth the investment. I promise you’ll think a whole lot differently about the cards you are holding in your hand right now.

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A lesson from Job

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” – Above Life’s Turmoil

This principle was not easy for me to accept and I fought it for a long time. As miserable as my life was at the time I learned this concept, I was certain that there was no way that it was due to the thoughts that I had held. There were too many other reasons why things had gone bad – my ex-spouse, the economy, a client who had wronged me, and on and on and on. Since I wasn’t responsible for my “bad luck” then certainly my thoughts had nothing to do with it.

But I was wrong. Like the biblical Job who said, “the thing I feared most has come upon me,” I, too, had thought myself to where I was.

Dr. Walter Doyle Staples, writing in “Think Like a Winner!” says, “I credit one simple concept with getting me started on my journey into self-discovery. After a great deal of study and contemplation, I came to the conclusion that people have in their lives today exactly what they keep telling their mind they want.”

Like Dr. Staples, it was a moment of great illumination for me! The logical side of me said, “if you and you alone can think yourself into such a mess, then surely you and you alone can think yourself out of it.” And that I did. It wasn’t overnight and it wasn’t easy, but it was a sure thing! And by accepting all of the responsibility for where I was at, and all of the responsibility for where I was going, I experienced a tremendous joy and freedom because I knew in my knower that if I got myself into the predicament, I could get myself out.

Of course, I had some great inspiration along the way. And I will always remember Les Brown’s three steps to take during “hard times:”

1. Have Faith (didn’t Paul say, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for…”)

2. Remind yourself: “No matter how hard it is or how hard it gets, I’m going to make it!”

3. Have patience and engage in consistent action.

And that’s worth thinking about.