Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden
Yesterday was Opening Day at Coors Field here in Denver. It was a picture perfect weather day and Lodo was buzzing with all the pre-game excitement that goes along with Springtime, Baseball, and Winning Expectations.
However, the scoreboard at the end of the game told a very different tale: Giants 7 ~Rockies 0. I sat among the other 49,000 fans watching a team make mistakes, commit errors, and lose confidence.
They will bounce back to some degree ~ even in spite of their loser manager, Jim Tracy, who (in my opinion) should have been fired after last season and baseball in Denver will continue to draw crowds. But in our lives we don’t have millions of dollars to gamble with or 175 games per season to redeem ourselves. We generally get only one or two ups to bat and if we don’t perform we are passed over.
Limitations can either define us or give us a challenge to outwit. When you look at your abilities, do you see boundaries and limits, or do you see possibilities and potential? Obsessing about weaknesses can blind us to the untapped abilities we already have.
You have talent. Everyone does. The secret to success is to find that talent, develop it and push it as far as you can.
Grandma Moses might have been a lousy bowler, Einstein probably couldn’t sing a lick, Michelangelo could’ve been unable to speak well in public. So what? They knew what they were good at and rode that pony. Your talent might be right in front of you: where do you get the most compliments? What seems to come easily to you? What do people ask your advice for? Live there. Don’t let the rest get in the way.
We’ll be back at Coors Field on Thursday, hoping for a better result. I missed Seth Smith so much yesterday. I hope he’s having a great year.
And so life goes…on and on.