Taking My Life To The Hoop!
Posted by Bart (Michael B.)
Recently, Shane Krider posed the question, “In the game of life, what game are you playing?”
There are many answers to this question. Some may feel “Wheel of Fortune,” while others think “Jeopardy.” Others may consider board games such as “Ouija” or the game of “Life.”
When Shane put that question out there, my first thought was “Basketball.” I didn’t choose the game because I’m tall, it was just the first thought that came to mind. I then wondered why it was such an immediate response.
As a kid, I lived for the moment I got home from school. I would run outside and begin playing hoops. There were no other kids around, just me. My imagination placed me in every “game-saving” scenario possible. I played for every major college in the US and was shooting the game-winning basket in every championship.
It has been years since I bounced a ball, must less shot a basket. The last basket I remember making was at Dollywood where I won a huge bear for my efforts. (I still have the bear.)
So why did basketball come to mind?
When I began to break it down, it made total sense. When on the court it is just the 5 of you on the team working together. Each person’s individual efforts contribute to the overall cause and success. Jim Rohn says we are the average of the 5 people we most often associate with. The same is true for a basketball team. It is our collective efforts that create an average – the final score.
But, there is more.
You fluctuate from the offense to the defense, just as in life, with the other team’s defense posing obstacles and your defense creating barriers to limitations. And, then there is the free throw. As in life, we are often give one shot. It is the ice water in our veins and the ability to overcome distractions to create desired results.
I must confess, I do celebrate “March Madness” here in the US. The month of March is when the college basketball nation begins their extended tournament play to crown a national champion. It is when you see efforts become successes and dreams become reality. The foundation is a belief in yourself and knowing that with coaching, support, and the law of attraction bringing together like-minded people, unparalleled feats can be achieved.
So, what is your game?