Three simple words that describe “a few of my favorite things” (yes, that would be a reference to The Sound of Music). in a nutshell. To me, faith is believing that there is something (or someone) greater that gets me through the difficult days. Faith is knowing that God has a plan for me though I may not understand the intricacies. Faith is trusting God when the alternative is to stay in the past.
Family is the group of people that are there no matter what. I’m blessed to have two older sisters (yea, wasn’t always giddy about that) but I can’t tell you how much of a relief it is to know they always have my back. My parents are unconditionally supportive and I am grateful for their love. For the past 16 years, I have been lucky enough to be an aunt. Being the youngest child, I have absolutely loved being able to watch my nephews and niece grow up and see the world through their eyes.
Last, but certainly not least, sports. Sports are my outlet, distraction and home away from home. I love fall….fall is the changing of the leaves; fall is cooler weather; fall is Thanksgiving and vacation for me. Friends may cringe when they read this, but to me, fall is basketball season. Typically, my Wednesday and Sundays are spent at Lloyd Noble Center, home of the Oklahoma Sooners. For those 2 hours, my mind is free of all the things I need to be doing, fixing, assessing, etc… and I am a fan. I feel like I’m 12 years old again and in my backyard shooting hoops. Whether I’m celebrating a fast break play by Morgan Hook or a 3-pointer from Vegas (aka Aaryn Ellenberg), or watching Coach Coale with hands on her hips and that crooked smile after some stupid call by the refs….I don’t have a care in the world but enjoying those 40 minutes of basketball. Basketball is my first love….and thanks to a family member having introduced me to OU (and Coale’s ’02 Final Four team playing in my hometown of San Antonio), I’m a Sooner and darn proud of it.
Those who know me well know that basketball is my first love. The roar of the crowd after a fast break or 3-point basket just gives me goosebumps. One of the ways I got to know about the University of Oklahoma was through Coach Sherri Coale when she took the women’s basketball program to their first Final Four in 2002. I have tremendous respect for her. Granted, I love her style of coaching but I also love that she knows how to write in a way that makes you feel like you are right there with her, living in the moment and sharing in the experience. Fortunately for us, Coale’s teaching roots will always be a part of her. Enjoy her latest posting…
The game of basketball is like the game of life. Sometimes the choices we make are not the right ones or they simply weren’t thought out as carefully as needed. In life, we call those mistakes, maybe even regrets. In basketball, these are referred to as the dreaded t-word: turnovers. Turnovers make coaches cringe. They signify careless actions, players not being smart. They are mistakes you can’t take back. Actions you wish you could’ve done differently. They are your lost opportunities and gains for the opponent. How one handles those “turnovers” in their daily life is what says the most about a person. Coach Sherri Coale frequently references that when her team takes care of the basketball, they win games. Seems simple but it works. When you take care of the “little things” in life, you make smarter decisions and are more successful.
I just got home from watching the OU women take on UCLA. The Sooners lost by only a couple of baskets. Too many careless possessions caused the game to be out of their reach. Each time I shook my head tonight when there was another turnover, I thought about the decisions I have made this week. How many turnovers have I made? What would or should I have done differently? If only I had been more careful when the basketball was in my hands….
The fortunate thing for me and the OU women is that tomorrow is another day. There are plenty of games left to play. Plenty of time left to make smarter decisions.
What will you do with your tomorrow?
Thinking Carefully in Norman