Difference Between a Joker and a Champion


Nervous and always bold, I went to Kennesaw State University yesterday and had my first encounter with bridge and all of its glory. I know, it’s not an earth-shattering proclamation, but for me, it was almost like going back to college as a freshman: being eager, overconfident and learning to grasp a lot in a short amount of time.

As I thought about this, I realized that there are definitely some connections, whether it’s a business or personal, that are rocksolid and useful. In particular, in colorful terms:

  • Jack of Clubs: be flexible; I don’t have to be 100% right or 100% correct all the time: realize that I have the ability of guile, cleverness and adaptability in my shield to guide me
  • Queen of Hearts: be passionate; absorb my abilities of openness and tenderness in all that I do
  • King of Diamonds: be scholarly; examine all of the nuance of my new vision with determination and purposefulness
  • Ace of Spades: be fun; okay, I could have a more catchy noun, true, but the idea is still indisputable: I have to be gratifying or enjoyable or the game is over before I get started, right?

It is so simple, yet so true in my deck of cards. Being kind and honest is always the way in my book; it’s my highest trump. What about for you?



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  1. Hi, Herb, you are totally working this in a “great way”! Aphasia is just a part of it, that is what I read in your writing…there is so much more!

    • Thank you for your kind words.

      In some senses, aphasia is a morpheus being; it molds me, shapes me, corrects me and is always both challenging and forgiving (which I appreciate quite a bit.) But at the end of the day, if I am positive and optimistic about objectives living with aphasia, that in the end of the day, I can achieve almost anything.

      Do you agree?

  2. Herb, it is clear that you live by your convictions. You are truly kind, caring, and compassionate. I was wondering … are your brothers of the same nature, or do you think some of your challenges helped to shape you?

  3. Love this post! Thanks for sharing.

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