Monday, January 20, 2014

You Can't Always

You can’t always get what you want. And if you try sometime you find, you get what you need." - Rolling Stones

There were two professional football games played recently. As an American sport, the National Football League is big business and all of the players on these four teams are paid very well. It is also a very rough sport with high chances of injury that can end a career in the blink of an eye. But those that play the game know the risks but love the game enough to play on.

There were also millions of fans that watched these two games. While many were in the stadiums, many more were watching on television sets around the world. There were Twitter tweets, Facebook updates and Instagram pictures traversing the virtual universe in massive numbers. Opinions ran high on player performance, coaching decisions and officiating efficiency of the referees.

Yet the two games played on.

There was a tale of two games played with both tone and tenor differences. The AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos was aged experience and mutual respect. The NFC Championship between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks was youthful talent and dislike for each other. A stark contrast that had the same results, a winning team and a team that doesn't win.

There was a lot of talk about what the significance was of each team's win or loss. Commentary would try to understand the impact of a loss and how that particular team would move on from loss. That same commentary would also try to make predictions for each winning team. the money, the grand party, the weather and all of the hoopla surrounding the championship game; the Super Bowl.

Yet our lives moved on.

We have so much going on in our lives. There is so much that could beat us down and possibly make us give up, but we continue to battle. We continue to never give up, never give in. When we face a loss, we walk away with dignity knowing we did our best. We also walk away with more knowledge, more determination and more motivation to succeed next time. When we win, we know it isn't final. We honor those that made us better. We also look forward to the next success for we learn in in winning.

The game will continue to be played. Our lives will continue to be lived. Success will slip from our hands yet sometimes you will find that you get what you need. That sounds like a line from a pretty good song.

Stay inspired my friends.

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