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Playing a Poor Hand Well

From January 2020 by Ken Swaim

From January 2020 by Ken Swaim

Good Morning Folks,

Thank you all for taking care of yourselves and for those who have made it to the office, nice work. This is a great time to work on building your immune system and to evaluate your health habits, body, mind, and spirit! So for today I have something for your mind and spirit which, as we discussed in our last post, affects your body too. If you missed the last post click here to catch up: READ THIS!

So if you are all cooped up, or stoved up or whatever, here is a quote from Jack London, which has been an encouragement for me to continue living amidst uncertainty:

“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well.”

If you are holding poor cards folks, play them well!

I want to share a poem my college kid Abbey wrote the other day, which I thought captured the mood of our new reality quite well.


there is still a Christmas tree

in the window

glowing, softly



a man jogs by


it is march

the world i know,

crumbling around me




a child giggles outside


six feet apart 

words muffled by



a dog rolls in the grass




and empty stores


and on the tree



Health Comes From You, not to you.



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  1. JudyLynn says
    Mar 27, 2020 at 5:26 PM


    • says
      Mar 27, 2020 at 1:18 PM

      Thanks so much for continuing to read and engage! We appreciate you so much and that you continue to take care of your own health. You are such a survivor!

  2. Luana Harlan says
    Mar 27, 2020 at 9:05 PM

    Kudos to Abbey. I appreciated her message to all of us! As a former English teacher who taught creative writing, I encouraged my students to write poetry. May we all sense God's presence as we trust Him to take us through this difficult time.

    • says
      Mar 27, 2020 at 2:22 PM

      Thanks for keeping up with us Luana. We so appreciate knowing our stuff is seen and engaging with folks about it. We will pass the word onto Abbey and yes, sensing all the while...

  3. Naomi Cartwright says
    Mar 27, 2020 at 11:34 PM

    Really like Abbeys poem. Yes God watches over and loves all. Without his strength we would loose our minds with all of the fear that is being spread around God gives us peace in the midst of the storm. Thank you for the encouagement {and treatments}.

    • says
      Mar 30, 2020 at 9:52 AM

      Thank you for reading our posts and we will pass the word on to Abbey. You said it all very well Naomi. Thank you so much for responding, that is an encouragement to us when we hear from patients. Keep up the good work of caring for yourself, even in times of worldly uncertainty.

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