Some of you know — especially if you live locally — that I have been the official basketball scorekeeper at Loyalton High for many years. I started keeping score many years ago when Craig was coaching our kids.
And . . . some of you know that the Loyalton High Grizzly girls are having a great post-season ride as the California Interscholastic Federation’s North Section Division 6 champions, with an overall record of 27-2. Their next challenge is now the semi-final round of Norcal State Playoffs — with a home game this weekend.
Years ago NBA great Michael Jordan said, “I can accept failure; everyone fails at something, but what I cannot accept is NOT TRYING.” He learned from his failure–even not making his high school team one year–only allowing it to spur him on in intensity.
Our girls have learned from their two losses–both from high division teams:
- “I learned that winning isn’t everything and that . . . loss does not define your character.”
- “In life you will lose, but you get back up and strive for more so that you come back the victor.”
- “I learned not to let the attitudes and actions of others dictate how you play as an individual. If you stay positive, the rest of your team will see that and hopefully start being positive.”
- “Life is going through obstacles. . . . Sometimes you have to fail first in order to succeed later.”
Wise young women for their age, right? They sound like Paul: “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). In fact, their maturity has probably kept them cool and focused.
In my writing life I’ve had WAY more rejection than acceptance. Thirteen magazine editors rejected one story I submitted to them. At that point I finally thought, Hmmm, maybe I need to change something.
Duh. As I reread the piece, I found a bitter scene and took it out. It sold on the fourteenth try.
That was a record of 1-13 for that story. Seemingly a loss record except for the thousands who read it and were encouraged to keep trying in their marriages.
How do you keep score in your life? Do you focus on what others have done to you? Do you measure your failures and successes? Be a Michael Jordan or a Bailie or a Hayden — and allow your failures to propel you toward a better you.