Gambling as a Way of Life, with Caroline Purvey
In this, our second article in a three-article series about buckets and diamonds, Caroline Purvey is talking to us all about how we gamble with our choices every day, and how each gamble is necessary for emptying the stress bucket she taught us about in the first article, How to Relieve Stress.
In it, you will learn about why people gamble their money, but also how a different type of gambling goes on for all of us. And as a bonus, she will put decision-making in perspective.
The content here is in Caroline’s own words, as spoken in the full Brand Builders TV episode, Understanding Buckets and Diamonds to Find Your Truth. You may watch or read—it’s your choice!
As always, we’re going to learn it, model it and get shit done. Let’s go!
A Bit About Caroline Purvey
Caroline Purvey is a teacher, coach, instructor, practitioner, author and entrepreneur who’s educating and empowering people to take control of their own well-being. She is helping people to resolve the negative effects of stress, anxiety, overwhelm and trauma through her teachings, yoga classes, books, TRE (Total Release Experience) and much more.
Now, all about how we’re gambling our way through life, in Caroline’s own words.
Every Day We're Gambling
Let’s think now about how we actually get by. Whether we address the signals our buckets are making or we ignore them. How do we get by?
Let’s talk about the Big G, which stands for Gamble. When we say gamble, what do we think of? Playing the card, spinning the wheel, tossing the dice…there are many, many gambling addicts out there, and I can bet you that many of them are gambling addicts because they’re troubled. Their buckets are full and they don’t know what to do about it.
And so, gambling is a great way of distracting. That’s it. It’s a distraction from what’s really going on. We hide from our truth all the time. Instead of trying to get to the truth and sort it, we mask it. And gambling is a common addiction that ropes in so many.
It’s not just about gambling. It’s about life. Isn’t life a gamble?
Of course it is. For years, we’ve all been gambling. Think of the things you’ve been gambling with. It may not be obvious. We’ve been gambling with the friends we make, how we spend our time, the partner we choose to spend our life with…it’s a gamble every time. The jobs we take, the chances we take, the choices we make…life is one big gamble.
Everybody is in the business of gambling. I remember when my children were growing up, I said to them, “You have two choices. You can choose the A Road or the B Road. If you choose Road A, this might happen. If you choose Road B, this might happen. But it’s your choice. I’m not going to make that decision for you.”
I don’t know about you, but if you’re a parent, you know that children go one way or the other. They’ll either listen and take the advice or not. One of mine mostly did take my advice, whilst one thought, I think I know what you think I should do, so I’m going to do the opposite.
There might be a little splat as they fall into the puddle, and that’s it. We have to make our own choices, and even if we make a bad choice, we learn from it. We’re learning all the time. We’re learning from our experiences as we take those gambles.
Now we live in a changing world; a Covid environment. We’ve all started to get back to work, I’ve opened my yoga studio, I’ve created my yoga bubbles and it’s great.
But every time the prime minister makes his announcements, he’s taking a gamble. He’s taking a gamble for the country, and we’re all going to be impacted.
Can we carry on doing what we’re doing? Or do we have to change the way we’re doing things? That’s the way it is. I don’t envy the government with the task they have to deal with, but on every level of your life, when you think about it, it’s a gamble. You win some, you lose some. When the chips are down, you have to pull yourself back up. You have to deal yourself a good hand every time—that’s what we hope for, but it doesn’t always work like that.
What gambling have you had to deal with in your life? What decisions have you made? What choices have you made? Is there any regret about them? You shouldn’t have regret because you made a choice and it doesn’t matter how bad things get, the only way is up and you learn from the choice you made.
And that’s it. As long as you learn, there should be no regrets. That’s gambling.
Can You Get Used to Gambling?
That’s some good stuff from our friend, Caroline Purvey! Hearing from her that life is full of gambles really puts a different perspective on things, doesn’t it? I think it reminds us that even if we choose not to decide, that’s a gamble, too. We are gambling on what might happen to our lives and businesses if we choose to do nothing. A lack of forward movement rarely ends well, and is therefore a gamble with poor stakes for winning.
So we’ve heard Caroline talk about stress buckets, stress relief, gambling…and now it’s time to talk about the diamond we all have stashed in our buckets. There is a diamond inside each one of us just waiting to shine, and Caroline is going to teach us how to find it in the final instalment, Stress and Anxiety, Released with Love. After you’re finished there, remember to subscribe to the Brand Builders TV YouTube channel, and never miss another episode!
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