Experiencing the "Moments": My Grandson's Soccer Game
As many of you may know, I have five grandchildren and these grandchildren bring me great pleasure. My grandchildren are getting to the age where, at least some of the older ones are starting to participate in youth sports. In fact, what I am going to talk about just now is Noah, one of my grandsons who plays soccer.
So, I went to soccer on Saturday and it was a wonderful way to start the day. You know, the sun is coming out in Santa Barbara. The fog is breaking and you’ve got all these kids running in their warm up drills and preparing for the game. Then, the game started.
So, I’m watching soccer, and with great interest, I’m watching Noah as a forward making many, many good plays on goal, but things didn’t go so well in terms of the team play. The final score was… well, it’s not important. Noah’s team lost.
On the ride home, Noah was very, very disappointed even though he had scored a goal, their only goal. So, I asked Noah how he assessed the game and he was telling me different things that this didn’t happen and the team didn’t play cohesive and when there was an upset over here, there was no recourse and different ways kids express their pleasure and dissatisfaction. But, at the end of the day, I mentioned to him – well, what about that goal that you scored and what a great pass you took coming down the middle and how you did all that fancy footwork, and you evaded two defenders and then you just drove that ball very hard into the right corner. His face lit up and Noah was very excited.
So, what I could tell was, there wasn’t everything bad with the game. There were just certain things he didn’t like about the game. So, I said to Noah that I could relate to this because as an endodontist, when I’m treating a case, there are moments. Not all of the moments are pleasant, nor do they all go well, but we don’t measure a guy by what he does when things go well... we measure somebody with what they do when things go poorly. This case, what Noah could grab from this experience was that he played hard the whole game. He hustled. He didn’t let up. He put everything in to it and he created situations where he could win.
So, what I would like to encourage all of you to do is learn from my grandson that most of endodontics, chair side, there are moments. I want you to create many, many memorable moments.
Play hard. Expect to win.