Basketball Renaissance

Ugly. That’s how I’d describe my first time picking up and shooting a basketball in three years. Don’t get me wrong. It was lovely Summer day with a nice dose of heat and enough wind to keep it bearable.


My shot? Not so much. Back in Framingham, we had a Lifetime gym membership for about 18 months from 2016-2017. April would do her classes. I’d lift a little and then shoot baskets.


This went on for about three months. I’d gotten back into decent basketball shape for 50+ and my shot was better than ever. One night the 20 and 30-somethings playing full court in the other half of the gym needed a 10th.
I played Ok and started getting asked to play more often. Then we decided to cancel the gym membership and I hadn’t picked up basketball in over three years except to move it from one house to another.


So, I’ll be kind to myself. It was pretty windy today and by the end, there were a couple shots that felt good. So, even though ugly was the overriding word of the day, promising was the final word.


Basketball was once a very important part of my life. It was my favorite sport to play growing up and I hope I’ll be able to share the game with my grandkids. Just need to get that shot back first.

Hope you’re having an amazing Sunday. I know our lives aren’t what any of us want right now, but there’s joy, opportunity, and peace to be found even in these moments.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you’re awesome!

Ray

Focus on What You Can Do

Today’s thought is:

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
~ John Wooden


I often encounter people who look at the world in horror and say, in desperation, “I want a different world, but what can one person do?” Similarly, there are people who feel powerless to change their own lives for the better. They allow what they cannot do to stop them from doing what they could do.

The problems that face us individually and collectivley can be overwhelming at times. Their enormity depresses some, makes others apathetic, and still others angry.

The amazing thing is that these same conditions inspire others to strive for something better, more complete, more empowering. The key is to focus on what we can do rather than what we cannot.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

 John Wooden’s accomplishments, while not world-changing, are staggering in sports terms. He led the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball team to 10 NCAA national championships in 12 years between 1964 and 1975. In that span his teams, went undefeated four times. Only one team in men’s college basketball has completed an undefeated in the 33 years since.

As a revered coach, Wooden’s words have become legendary. Today he is 97 years old. Someone who has achieved that level of success in any field and that scale of longevity bears listening to.

Coach Wooden tells us not to let what we cannot do interfere with what we can.

  • Maybe you can’t end world hunger today, but you can donate time or money to those helping to feed the hungry.
  • Maybe you can’t create a more just political system overnight, but you can collaborate with others and take steps that will get us there one day.
  • Maybe you can’t attain your financial goals today, but you can begin making the changes and taking the chances that will lead you to that goal one day.
  • Maybe your life is too filled with stress and pain to achieve complete happiness today, but you can at least beging releasing the stress and the pain so that one day you can know that happiness.
  • Maybe your dream of being a world-class dancer has to wait another year, but you can still work on perfecting the dance in preparation for that day.
  • Maybe world peace is not in the cards for humanity today, but you can create a more peaceful world through every encounter you have today.
“Actually, I’m an overnight success, but it took me twenty years.”
~ Monty Hall

The fact is that you may not reach the mountain top today. That does not mean you stop climbing. For these days when you worried, stressed, and strove over your goal, will be “the stuff” the dream is made of when you do achieve it.

Have a wonderful Monday!

Stay Inspired!

Ray

Ray Davis is founder of The Affirmation Spot, a website offering downloadable mp3 motivation tools.

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