Don Yaeger, Experts - Monday, April 8, 2013 11:17 - 2 Comments
Each week, it seems the sports world captures our attention and sends us on an emotional rollercoaster worth the price of admission. But this week’s thrill ride inspired me to focus on perspective. Under what lens would you view emotional moments of failure, tragedy or triumph? If you were Baylor’s 6-foot-8 women’s basketball sensation Brittney Griner, would you focus on losing to 5-seed Louisville and not being able to win back-to-back National Championships, or would you reflect proudly about a college career that finishes with you as the 2nd leading scorer all-time in NCAA history and the inevitable reality that you’ll be the first pick overall in the upcoming WNBA Draft? If you were Texas ace pitcher Yu Darvish, would your outlook be a complaint about your rare perfect game bid being ruined by a basehit up the middle in the ninth inning with two outs? Or would you allow the sensational start and a first victory of a long season motivate you to your next game? If you were Louisville guard Kevin Ware, how would you view your circumstance after a gruesome compound break of the right leg during the Elite Eight of a tournament run that your team is favored to win?
I must admit it was remarkable to see that despite being in excruciating pain, Ware visibly urged his teammates to win their tournament game. Two days after arguably the worst leg injury during a nationally televised sporting event since Joe Theismann, Ware was seen on crutches and intent on making the trip to Atlanta to watch his teammates compete for a National Title. It’s that kind of attitude that already has him working on a comeback story. That kind of resilience is a pathway to Greatness.
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