With a very quick internet search, I found a list of 225 stadiums in the United States. This list does not come close to covering all of the high school and college stadiums that exist. However the number does illustrate pretty easily that we are obsessed with competition in this country. The enormous salaries of professional athletes further shows that we put a huge value on competition. Visiting one of those stadiums would make something else very clear. Special attention is paid to championship seasons. This means that the team either won more than anyone else or won when it mattered most. Despite this overwhelming obsession with competition and results, we tend to ignore the games that are most meaningful.
The reason that we ignore is because there is no stadium, scoreboard or crowd. The game that we are playing is the game of NOW. Each moment of our life can be WON or lost. NOW is the only game that matters and there are too many opponents to count.
We lose NOW to laziness.
We lose NOW to procrastination.
We lose NOW to fear.
We lose NOW to indifference.
We lose NOW to foolishness.
We lose NOW to the promise of later.
NOW has to be WON. The beauty of this game is that we are in control of the rules, the scoring, and the opponents that we allow to play. NOW is a rigged game if we’re willing to take control of it.
Decide today! How do I win this moment? How do I string a large number of winning moments together? Have I been losing without even knowing? Life is a game in so many ways. Don’t forget that you’re the referee and the score keeper. And most of all, don’t forget to lace up and start playing NOW!