play the hand (one) is dealt

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play the hand (one) is dealt

To accept, deal with, and make the most of one's current situation or circumstances; to make use of that which one is afforded or has available. I know you feel unsatisfied with your life at the moment, but we all have to play the hand we're dealt. Just keep working hard and things are bound to improve! I never asked to be responsible for the business, but I'm going to play the hand I was dealt.
See also: dealt, hand, play
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Jesus expects us to play the hand we're dealt, to act on the insights our new mentality provides, no matter the environment and circumstances that accompany those insights.
But since we can't journey back in time, we must play the hand we're dealt.
But we play the hand we're dealt, which is why on a Saturday evening for the last dozen Octobers about 20 of us have gathered to read from the works of Batavia's John Gardner, the once prominent novelist whose audacious ambition was to reinfuse American literature with a moral purpose.
We've just got to play the hand we're dealt and make the best of it.