On a fashion website, “Jacks and Jokers”, the creators celebrate an American icon, the deck of cards. Playing cards have been in America over 100 years and provided us with much entertainment. Most of us would have to admit that we played countless games of War and Gold Fish as children, solitaire as teens, hearts as college students, and perhaps Bridge or Gin Rummy in our adult life, all with a deck of cards. Teachers use them as a sorting activity for pre-schoolers, casino dealers use them to entice us to put our money on the table, and magicians use them to wow us with their ability to guess the card we thinking of.
Beyond their entertainment factor, the deck of cards has also played an important role in our history. During World War II, a U.S. playing card company secretly worked with the U. S. government ro make special decks to send as gifts to American prisoners of war. When these cards were moistened, they could be peeled apart to reveal sections of a map indicating escape routes. Imagine! The very cards we used to play Go Fish have also saved lives! It is easy to see why we should preserve this American icon.
In their way of preserving of the deck of cards icon, the Jacks and Jokers creators design t-shirts and other casual fashions displaying the King on a bike, the Aviator airplane or the classic flying bee that have appeared on playing cards for over 100 years! All their products are made in the USA and display these very American symbols. Their business tagline is “Don’t just PLAY the hand you’re dealt…WEAR it.”
“Don’t just PLAY the hand you’re dealt…WEAR it.”
I am intrigued by the web site and its products, but what really caught my attention was the tagline. The tagline emphasizes that it isn’t enough to just accept a challenge we have been dealt. The tagline encourages us to face the challenge, understand it, meet it head on, and talk about it. I think “wear it” in the tagline is telling us to show it, share it, and educate others.
We are faced with many challenges in our lives. My friend has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, a progressive disease that can make doing ordinary things difficult. Initially he discounted the diagnosis, pretending it wasn’t there. However, like most challenges, at some point we can no longer pretend it isn’t happening and he came to grips with it. He did not give in to the disease, but he began asking more questions and researching the disease. By attending support group meetings, he is learning to live well with the unwelcome disease by sharing his experience with others and learning from them as well.
Women impacted by breast cancer definitely wear the hand they are dealt as they display the pink ribbon-logo on their clothing and personal belongings. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in the 80’s and never told a soul, not even her children. My mother did not survive. Today, most woman dealt the breast cancer hand wear it, get the treatment needed and join the very visible walks and fund-raisers educating others around them.
Many hands we are dealt are positive ones, such as a job promotion, or opportunity to contribute to a community project. We need to “wear” those too. In our world where we can communicate in so many different ways, my favorite mode of communication remains talking with others and sharing real life stories ….”wearing” the hand we were dealt. High SUCCESSTROGEN women tell their stories as a way of educating others, and they listen intently to the stories of others as well.
And what about you? Do you wear the hand you are dealt????????