Fact: I don’t watch a lot of sports. Whether football, basketball, baseball, or anything else, I’m just not that into it. Do I watch when my city’s team is in the playoffs? Sure. Am I fair weather fan? Sure. If that’s the worst insult you can sling at me, I’ll take it.
Still, along with many others, I was (somewhat) glued to the TV last night for the seventh game of the World Series. Indians v. Cubs. A game 108 years in the making. And after watching it, I thought, there are some good lessons to be learned from this.
Here are three.
1. Get in the game
First, if you’re not in the game you can’t win, period. That much is obvious, but still a key point. If you want to win, you have to be in the game.
2. Stay in the game (persevere)
And second, stay in the game. Do you know who didn’t win the World Series, and will never win the World Series? The Brooklyn Tip-Tops. The St. Louis Brown Stockings. The Chicago Whales. Who are they, you might ask? Well, according to this Wikipedia page, these were all major league baseball teams that are now defunct. For one reason or another, they closed up shop. Their chances are now over.
If you give up, you can’t win.
The nation didn’t rally around the Cubs last night because everyone is a Cubs fan, or even a baseball fan. We watched because we want to see that persevering pays off. We want to believe that if we keep trying, if we don’t give up, we too can win. We want to believe anything is possible. We want to have a reason not to give up hope.
There’s that saying: fall seven times, get up eight. What about fall 107 times, get up 108?
3. Winning isn’t final, and losing isn’t fatal
Sure they’re celebrating today. And maybe tomorrow. And maybe the day after that. But in 100-odd days, they’ll be back in the ball park for a new season. Clean slate. Yesterday is over. What we have is now.
The joy is in the striving. If all that mattered was winning, the Cubs (and all the other teams that have ever won the World Series) would be done. We keep going because our happiness truly does come through the process, not in reaching the goal. It’s all about the journey.
So, to recap: Get in the game. Stay in the game. And once you reach your goals, make another goal and keep going.
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Check out Pam’s books!
- The Universes Inside the Lighthouse—YA sci-fi adventure / first in the Balky Point Adventures
- The Wishing Rock series—women’s fiction / wit, wisdom, and recipes
- The Pam on the Map series—travelogues / wit and wanderlust