“The committee sent a message to me that it's going to get tougher for everybody at our level to get an at-large with this new system. You've got to be perfect. We only have a few chances, and they are usually either on the road or on a neutral court…”
Kermit Davis, Middle Tennessee University basketball coach
Good morning, friends! I hope you are someplace warm; I woke up today to heavy, wet snow. Yuck! But that’s not our issue, so let’s get to it.
Last night was a near holiday night for a large portion of our culture. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket was announced with great fanfare. Last night and this morning all over America and beyond brackets are being printed, pools are being formed and bets are being placed. This tournament is huge business. But quickly lost in the glitz and glamor are the teams, particularly those from small and mid-sized schools, who did not make the tournament. Accusations and recriminations are flying fast and loose today, in some cases warranted and in other cases not so much. But my question in all cases is, “Why?”
Have you ever been, in your estimation, unfairly treated, left out, passed over, or ignored? We all have, and statistically it’s about as many times as when we’ve been overly well treated, unlikely included, warmly picked up and remarkably recognized. Life is like that: we consider the slights to be outrageously undeserved and the blessings to be fair compensation. The reality is somewhere in the middle. In the bracket of your life you’ll win as often as you lose as long as you keep playing.
And there’s the issue; you only have control of yourself. Waiting for someone else to change is a fool’s game. The other driver, the other leader, the other “chooser”, the other neighbor…all beyond our control and barely within our influence. What we control and influence is ourselves.
· What is a focus you can bring back to yourself?
· What is a control you can return to you?
· What can help you play the game of your life well, letting the bracket take care of itself?
There have been and continue to be plenty of areas of my life I “wish” turned out differently. Sometimes I’ve even blamed someone else for my outcomes. I was the fool. Good choices, hard work, and efficient efforts will usually pan out. And that’s about all we can control. Can you do it? Absolutely! So get to it. And have a wonderful week.