Slow and Steady

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday Summary: The Wisdom of John Wooden

You can't let praise 
or criticism get to you. 
It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.
~John Wooden 
This past week I had a moment...ok a long moment. I received feedback that didn't contain as much praise as I thought I deserved and didn't appreciate some of the "constructive" feedback I got either. I had a moment. A little embarrassed I didn't suck it up better, but it is what it is. I cannot be the stoic, mature, uber-professional being that I am, 100% of the time. In fact, while I was personally disappointed that I let myself be affected by this, I held it together until I got home. I totally unloaded on my hubby, but did a decent job at work the next day by continuing to crank out high quality work products. I love John Wooden quotes. He was more than a coach. Through his model efforts and words, I know he parented many an athlete via his coaching style. When I am in need of guidance, there is a JW quote to fit all situations. 

I got to play basketball tonight for the first time in forever. It is an 8 game recreation league out of town and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to play again and be part of a team. Take a peak at a small contribution I made today, I am #4 and I lay the ball in, score and get the foul. In case you are wondering, of course I made the free throw. We unfortunately lost 36-33, but overall did well. None of us really knew each other, we all have different bball backgrounds and we had to coach ourselves. I scored 14 of our 33 pts, but miss a lot of shots. I was tired and started to slack on defense too, so I am hoping to get into better bball shape so I can contribute more to my ability. Today was such a confidence boost for me.

Why I Kick A$$: I totally made the "And One" free-throw that came with being fouled.
Thankful Three
  1. John Wooden
  2. a team to play with for the next couple months
  3. dinner with my nieces after the game


Amanda@runninghood said...

you do kick ass! Man oh man, you do not want to see me with a basketball or doing any sport other than running coordination...none. you would never pick me to be on your team. Sorry you didn't get the feeback that you were hoping for...just the fact that you are able to reflect on this situation in the way you do tells a lot about your character. Hope you have a great week!

Christi said...

That is cool that you are playing basketball. I hope you have a great season!