So I’m on the train yesterday headed to the gym and there are these two women in the seat across from me talking. One was older, about seventy or so and decked out. Her hat was tipped over one eye, sparkly hooped earrings dangled from her ears, and her pumps were kickin’. She was sitting next to a short, thin woman in jeans and a loud purple jacket with matching braids who may have been the other's grand-daughter, or niece, or just some girl she met on the ride. Their conversation seemed to be about finding, making and having options. The older woman waved away something the younger said with an old-timey expression I haven’t heard in a while.
“It’s a po’ rat that’s got one hole,” she exclaimed and pulled the cord for the next stop.
A lot of times this saying is used when talking about a relationship, but, as the woman on the train was saying, the phrase is applicable to much more. It’s like saying that in life you need to, “get your hustle on.”
Sometimes we forget that single mindedness can set us on the wrong path in the maze of life and, no matter how hard we try, or play the game, we end up lost and cheeseless. When things go wrong, if you haven’t looked up to assess the landscape and learned to see and work your options, you can find yourself hole-less. Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t have faith that things will work out, but be clear that a mono-focused view could mean you find yourself with no options (a lack of holes). And life is all about options (having multiple holes).
The rat with mo’ than one hole (a Mo' Rat) is a multi-tasker, and a hustler. Some people attach a negative connotation to hustling, but a hustler will, in many instances, not get caught out there without a strategy. Hustlers are always working their network. They don't just find opportunities they create them. A Mo' Rat, like a hustler, has always got a backup, knows that things can change in an instant, and is always prepared to take a turn, try something different.
If a Mo’ Rat gets laid off tomorrow, or quits her job, she has enough to tide her over for a few months, and has been working her network - has some leads. A really good Mo’ Rat would already have a new gig lined up. What I'm saying here is that a Mo' Rat has a plan, and knows how to work it.
This is not about loyalty. Well no, actually it is, loyalty to self, but more importantly it’s about survival. The Mo’ Rat, the one with multiple holes, has a place to go when times get hard, or life changes. Learn to be a Mo’ Rat, know your options and don’t get caught out there.