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Preparation

“I will prepare and someday my chance will come.”
― Abraham Lincoln

Those who are followers of sports, college or professional, are aware of the massive amount of sports programming that is available at this time of year. Basketball is not my favorite sport, but I found myself watching a college playoff game between two evenly-matched competitors.

While I didn’t pay serious, consistent attention to the games, I did notice that on numerous occasions, players failed to miss their free-throws. Although it’s been some time since I played high school basketball, I do remember that free-throws required focus, precision and considerable practice.

In one case, the failure to make the free-throw basket resulted in the loss of an important game. Somehow, I had difficulty understanding how players who spend so much time practicing basketball could miss those shots that have no interference from the competition.

Those who know (and perhaps anticipate) me will realize that to me, this is a metaphor for life. Whether it is a performance on stage or sales presentation or simply answering a customer service call, all that we do requires practice and preparation.

Occasionally, we may feel that we work for no apparent reward or consequence. But I would suggest that collecting knowledge and experience is cumulative. The opportunities for exhibiting greatness may not be obvious or immediate but they are inevitable.

My school kids (third grade or older, of course) occasionally ask me if I have a philosophy, to which I always respond, “You never have to apologize for doing the right thing.” Doing this right thing isn’t a given and doesn’t occur without mistakes.  But I always find ways to give back to the world that has given me so much. Shalom.

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