Some years back I was at this game.
It was half-time at a small college women's basketball game. Division two and probably not more than five or six hundred in attendance. It was one of the five or six games I'd attended that week. I'd walked out in the hallway of the gym to get another bag of popcorn. ( I rate the popcorn at all the games I attend--this place has the best corn-they give you a full big bag for a buck--highway robbery at all those others. They give you a small box and charge three dollars. Also you can get Diet Dr.Pepper there.)
That's when I saw her. "No" can't be her, what would she be doin' at a game like this?" Striking figure she was. Tall, arms folded and leaning against the wall. She looked like what I had seen in sports pictures. "No, no can't be." With that I walked over to her, "Excuse me Ma you don't know me from a load of coal, but aren't you Coach Summitt?" "Why, yes I am." I stuck out my hand, introduced myself to her, apologized for bothering her but told her "I had to come over here, I am a basketball fan and have such respect for you." She could not have been nicer to me. "I won't bother you any longer but I just had to know and say hello." "Oh hey no bother, nice to meet you." For me that was a treat. It certainly added to the evening, made my week. I am so glad I did that.
"We keep score in life because it matters. It counts. Too many people opt out and never discover their own abilities, because they fear failure. They don't understand commitment. When you learn to keep fighting in the face of potential failure, it gives you a larger skill set to do what you want to do in life. It gives you vision. But you can't acquire it if you're afraid of keeping score."
Sum It Up---Pat Summitt
Oh my what the fear of failure does to all of us. Vision...you can't get it if you are afraid of what might happen...what the score might be.
January 6, 2016