Friday, March 7, 2008

Sinking


Playing destiny:
Recipe for disaster
Rising doom!

It started as a mere experiment, a cool game to play with his pals. The winnings made him richer. Fortune and luck were on his side. He won every single time and collected his dues. The confidence in his abilities made him take major risks. He won some more. Pride mixed in, he was a winner, and nothing could stop him now.

He attributed his success to his intelligence, who could better him? The very thought was his first mistake, his only one. Destiny could and would stop him. The tides were turning without his knowledge. Gambling became an addiction, he lost his head. Rising from the self-created pit he had dug for himself seemed just out of reach.He sunk himself in debt to 'just win once more'. He sold his soul to the devil to win ‘just once more’.


What started off as a fun experiment turned into self-destruction of the worst kind, it is best not to play with destiny don’t you think?
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In response to the prompt from SS as well as
prompts at WI
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I haven't had a chance to say hello this past week, it seems like the rest of the week will be slow as well. But I will be visiting you soon...in the meantime, stay safe. Happy Blogging. I hope to free myself up soon and then get back in the game, miss you all much. Hope you are well, thanks for all the wonderful comments

32 comments:

Devil Mood said...

You've said it; I guess some things are best left alone than being played with...
Well written.

Lucy said...

great post Ul! :)

Remiman said...

UL,
The house always wins.
You describe so well the mental gymnastics that addicts use as they spiral down into the pit of despair.
Good job.
rel

Jeques said...

Enlightening and forewarning post.

I wish you well.

~ Jeques

pepektheassassin said...

Heh. We both used the same basic idea: small deeds loom large....

Whitesnake said...

Ah yes.......

I know this so well!

Nice work ...

anthonynorth said...

So much tragedy when gambling gets out of hand.
Everyone close suffers.

keith hillman said...

3 prompts in one! Great stuff.

Thanks for reminding us of something we know but often choose to ignore.

tumblewords said...

Great post! Nice job in using the twofer concept - works really well!

Tammy said...

House always wins and yet our Indian casinos are full. Well Done!

I think it ate my better comment!

Sherry ~ Cherie ~ ms. herbes de provence said...

Oh yes...from a mere experiment to an addiction ... and it can happen that quickly. Well done!

Chris said...

Great story! Addiction often begins with a simple experiment, wonderful take on this prompt. I enjoyed the read very much. It is very interesting how this piece spiraled.

I found two old comments from you that ended up in "spam" (you did warn me) Anyway, I just wanted you to know they mean a lot to me. I have to get back to that happy place, your words are helping.

anthonynorth said...

Gambling sure is a mugs game.

Redness said...

If we don't experiment we'll never know, the dilemma is knowing when to stop - excellent post as always ;)

Greyscale Territory said...

The curiosity attached to the experimental stage of gambling all too quickly becomes adebilitating disease.

Great post!

LittleWing said...

well spoken... pride is a nasty partner..

myrtle beached whale said...

that is exactly how it goes, well put.

Linda Jacobs said...

One of my students told me the other day that he had never played video games much until this week when his brother got a Wii and he tried Guitar Hero. Within an hour, he was hooked. He stayed up late playing and even set his alarm early so he's have time to play before school. Tht's how quickly an addiction can happen!

Excellent piece!

Awareness said...

It's a slippery slope isn't it? It begins as an experiment, but then when it's fed by a sense of infallibility then theres no stopping the slide.

good for you to combine the prompts!!

paisley said...

i have entertained many an addiction in my lifetime... but i am thankful gambling has never been an attraction to me... this was very well done UL...

Selma said...

Don't mess with Lady Luck. My Uncle was a gambling addict. It destroyed his marriage and basically his life. It definitely is a downward spiral. Well said.

Robin said...

I can't gamble - I'm too afraid of losing and it's too easy to see how you could lose it all.

Crafty Green Poet said...

definitely the best idea not to play with destiny...

pia said...

I come from a family of gamblers. They thought my father didn't inherit the "family problem" but the stock market and poker are just more legit ways of gambling--well not high stakes poker but my father usually won so....

And yes I know destiny well :)

Thanks for your wonderful kind comments

Rambler said...

its sometimes scary this way

gautami tripathy said...

As Indians, we depend on destiny too much, I think!

Refluxing Life

Nivedita said...

Good job.

Bone said...

I've often wondered how many addictions start out seemingly harmless. Maybe all, or at least most, I would guess.

Well done, UL.

ren.kat said...

it is frightening how things can get out of hand. experiment or not.

Beloved Dreamer said...

Well, this reminds me of a fellow in New York State who got just a little big to get his head though the door. Destiny for him came a knocking. ;-)
I believe that everything thing, every person place or happening is not by chance.
Our road is before us but we have been given the gift of free will. So can you change your destiny? Yes and no. Because your choice is already made.

-bd

Marja said...

You excellently capture the addiction to gambling. You have an amzazing way with words

qualcosa di bello said...

yep...pride before the fall!