Seems like every March when I think I can’t stand one more day of cold or snow or even chilly winds, it happens—the NCAA tournament! For me it is like a bridge to spring. When it is over, I turn off the TV and go outside.
Managing winter or any challenging times in our lives does better with distraction. Emotions, like weather fronts, eventually pass on through; the secret is to keep ourselves occupied in the meantime. Even watching balls swishing through hoops can help. Watching young athletes negotiate the triumphs and heartbreaks of the game also helps in understanding how it is to be human, facing the wins and losses in our lives, playing through adversity, and sometimes getting a break.
Michael Jordan once wrote, “I’ve missed more than nine hundred shots in my career. I’ve lost almost three hundred games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that’s why I succeeded.”
Succeeding isn’t just about winning and losing. Sometimes it is about surviving. It is during times of survival that we most need to find those little things in life that bring us a bit of distraction and relief and even joy. It is part of the art of living.