Aloha Friends. Thanks for stopping by. Was going to cut the grass but it's raining here in Hawaii, so thought I'd share a couple of thoughts while waiting for a SnG table to fill. Fun to watch the dynamics as we sit around these tables together in ways ranging from laughter and celebration to anger and mutterings about bad beats and funky poker players.
I'm reminded of something a yoga master shared with me years ago. He said, "Life is designed to push your buttons!" That certainly happens at the poker tables. He went on to say that, "when your buttons are pushed you will respond in one of two ways. You will either respond from your ego, which will try to change or remove the button pusher. Or, you will respond from your essence (or soul or whatever word works) which will strive to remove your button, and thank the button pusher for revealing your button to you so that it has an opportunity to be removed.
Today, here at the poker tables, I thought of these words and they stimulated me to think about the idea of "luck" in poker and how it might be related to the teacher's words about "buttons being pushed". In this moment the thought comes to mind that, just maybe, once we've demonstrated that we have removed our buttons, life sees that they are gone, and will flow on past us looking for someone else to assist by revealing their hidden buttons. And without buttons needing to be pushed maybe life's little button pushers, like "bad beats" and "suck outs". are no longer required in our (poker) life. And without those needed button pushers from life, it looks and feels like we've become luckier.
We all witness some poker players who seem to be ranting and raving and complaining about replay and other "stuff" every time we see them. Clearly they've got "buttons" and life is doing a great job of giving them continuous opportunities to remove them whenever they choose to do that work. It's totally up to each one when we choose to do that work. And maybe, because life is on our side, it will never give up on us, and will continue as long as needed, to give us opportunities to remove our buttons, because it knows that we can't go home wearing buttons.
Right now it feels pretty cool to me that this might actually be a formula for becoming luckier. Funny, I've never thought of it before. Thanks poker players for this little inspiration. May it be useful to many. (if its true)
Anyway that's one of the questions that flowed through me today. Which reminds me of another teaching from another wise teacher. He shared that "It is our questions that unite us, and our answers that separate us." That's always struck me as quite profound. Hoping I never get too attached to any answers. Might create more buttons!!
May you be lucky in all ways this day.