Know When To Run

Darrin Atkins
3 min readNov 21, 2023

Try to understand your situation and calculate your true level of frustration

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Today, for some reason, I was thinking about the famous actor and singer Kenny Rogers.

Remember him? He was the best. He had plenty of big hits throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

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When To Walk Away

I really liked the song about the gambler and especially knowing the importance of knowing when to walk away or when to run.

There is a lot of knowledge in being able to understand timing in life and knowing about when you have overstayed your welcome.

For example, today I found myself in a stressful situation. I was around others and I could tell that things were not going my way and I had no control.

“What do you want to do?" I asked the person who had arrived with me.

“I don’t know."

Part of me just wanted to admit defeat, move on in life and get out of there. But then, I was still trying to “hold’em" and I wasn’t ready to “fold’em."

Finally a supervisor arrived and repeated what the other employee said. Right then I knew it was time to retreat and walk away.

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Count Your Money

Now when it comes to financial transactions, you do not want to walk away and definitely don’t run.

A few times in life I almost got swindled by crooked corrupt cashier workers.

“Where is my change?" I asked a bakery employee at a shop in Europe one time.

“This is all," was the reply in halted English.

“I gave you a twenty Euro bill."

“No, you did not.”

I looked down in doubt, but luckily my partner was paying attention and said that I did and we were able to resolve things.

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