If you play the lottery, then you understand my dilemma. Here it is: I'm tired of having only one number in the Mega Millions game. One number. The same number or so it seems.
They say insanity is doing the same thing the same way expecting different results. I'm beginning to think I'm insane to play Mega Millions when I always get just one number. One number. The same number.
Frankly, I'm not trying to keep hope alive in this economy by spending my hard-earned cash on lottery tickets - just to get one number. Two numbers, now that I think of it, will only keep me playing and hopeful. Three numbers will make me feel like my turn to win mega millions is right around the corner. But, one number makes me feel insane.
At the end of the day, this isn't about playing Mega Millions and winning the lottery. Nope, this is about life and winning. The odds of me winning Mega Millions is one chance in 175,711,536. The odds of me winning the game of life are whatever I choose them to be.
I could have it in my heart to be a millionaire but if all I do is go to work and collect a paycheck for $500 per week, every week, all year, I won't be a millionaire that way. Face it, you live to work and work to live. The bulk of that paycheck insures I have a roof over my head, food, gas in the car, a car and everything I need to get to work.
The question becomes what do I need to do to become a millionaire? Do I keep doing what I do expecting a different result or do I do what I do and work towards my dream?
What if it is in your heart to become a doctor but you haven't finished college? You can keep hoping and praying that circumstances will change and you will finish your degree and apply to medical school or you can take a step of faith and do what you have to do to finish college. Sometimes that secure thing in front of us can get in the way of our dreams.
Sometimes we have to adjust and make sacrifices and look at the bigger picture.
How bad do you want to win?
Look at the president-elect. When he committed to running for president, he stayed focused and he did everything he had to do to win, even if it meant that he had to change the way the game was played. He won.
Hell, I think I'm going to take some of my own advice and change the way the game is played too.
Postscript: Okay, so I haven’t stopped playing the lottery, but I changed the game. I went to another area of town to purchase lottery tickets and decided to buy a ticket featuring a new game. Well, I instantly won $100. Joy, joy! Then I went to another store and bought a ticket for the same game and won another $100. Joy, joy, joy! Do I think I’ll always win when I play this game? Nope. All it did was renew my hope and refresh my insanity. I’m good for now. For now.