Investing time: By Doing Nothing



When I saw this daily prompt, I must admit, I didn’t really know what it meant.  We may have used the word in spelling lists in school some forty years ago, but I had totally forgotten what it was or what it meant

The dictionary definition is:

[ˈpärˌlā, ˈpärˌlē]


  1. (parlay something into)
    turn an initial stake or winnings from a previous bet into (a greater amount) by gambling:
    “it involved parlaying a small bankroll into big winnings”
    • informal
      transform into (something greater or more valuable):

      “a banker who parlayed a sizable inheritance into a financial empire” ·

      “an excellent performance is quickly parlayed into lucrative contracts”


  1. a cumulative series of bets in which winnings accruing from each transaction are used as a stake for a further bet.

So, Ok, I get it now, though I am still not really sure how to use it properly in a sentence, but I get the general gist of it

In very literal terms, it’s taking my $4 Powerball win and buying more tickets with hope of winning a bigger prize, right?
Got it
It does kind of bring back vague memories of placing bets on the horses years and years ago
So then I was confused as to why it would be a daily prompt, and knew they wanted us to dig deeper
As I applied it to daily life, a couple of things came to mind
Sleeping in on Saturday: could be interpreted as parlaying your time and energy to restore your body and mind,  so in essence you are gambling on being more productive for the rest of the week
Resting, doing nothing, or having down-time, can be a great investment in your future
I also thought from an artistic point of view, you could take seeds of an idea from your imagination and create something really amazing with it, whether you are an artist that paints or a cook that creates delicious food from scratch
‘Parlay’ is not a word that ever comes to my mind, and I seriously doubt it will again, but i thank you for the challenge, because today I learned, or re-learned a new word, it made me ‘think’, and I learned something.  It made me dig deeper…
Though I STILL don’t know how to use it in a sentence…lol
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