“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” ~Michael Jordan
Murphy is alive and well. He’s definitely out there; everywhere you don’t look and everywhere you do. Old Man Murphy has a funny way of making us all go a little crazy from time to time. The most perfect situation always contains fallibility at Murphy’s hand; at the mercy of his law. This happens to everyone, here in the sphere of failure.
Murphy’s Law states: “What can go wrong, will go wrong.” Many know this law all too well, no matter what goals you’ve tried to achieve, there are certainly a few that fell short, or were never realized. I’ve personally made many mistakes and fell short on many goals–more than I can count–but, I own them. I accept them as lessons and learn from them. In the process of failure I grow wiser and stronger in both mind and spirit. In this sphere I find more resolve to push forward, and so should we all.
In baseball, we are taught to step to the plate and take a stance. Keep your eye on the ball, step, swing and follow through. In little league, I was the champion at the perfect form of baseball. I made many runs, RBI’s and homeruns. It wasn’t until I was introduced to fast-pitch ball did I fall short; and live my first experience with failure.
I found that I was afraid of the ball. Young pitchers throw erratically and can’t aim very well. I was scared to get hit, so I never stepped close enough to the plate to swing properly. What’s more, I stopped swinging altogether. I figured I would just strike out, or get walked, and in the worse case scenario get hit and take a base.
I learned much later what this valuable lesson had taught me. Life hits hard, and it will keep hitting until you stop and say: Enough. Or, you’ll remain scared to get hit, and never step up.
Until you stand tall at the plate and lay your life before the world, you will not succeed. Nobody is given a trophy in the shadow of fear; in fear of failure or pain. Progress is never made when one chooses to stand idly by. Our most important lessons are learned from trying and failing, from getting hit and getting back up. You have to feel the impact of life for it to move you. It can and will hit like a truck, but you can hit back even harder should you choose. There is always a path to success, no matter what you’re trying to accomplish.
In the sphere of failure, don’t shun the prowess of it. Don’t hide from it, and don’t shy away from its fist. Learn from it, and accept that it is there. Know that you will get hit, and there will be obstacles. In misery and failure we tie our strongest bonds and learn our greatest lessons.
As for getting hit with the ball; it only stings for a little while. Just rub a little dirt on it and get back in the game.