As Frank Sinatra sang it…
I’ve been up and down and over and out,
And I know one thing:
Each time I find myself flat on my face
I pick myself up and get back in the race.
Watching the ACC Tournaments I was fascinated by the play of Sophomore guard Cat Barber on the NC State team’s game against Pittsburgh. He delivered A career-high 34 points on 9-of-13 from the field, including 4-5 from beyond the arc. Barber was also a perfect 12-12 from the line and dished out five assists as State won 81-70. The next evening the Duke team squashed him as if he were a little bug. Duke beat NC State 77-53.
If we are very lucky in our lifetime and we follow those rules for success sometimes we get to soar like an eagle and it is such a wonderful thing to experience. And sometimes for most of us there is a moment in our lives when we get squashed just like a little bug. That doesn’t mean that overall life isn’t wonderful but it does mean that we need to constantly work on developing the stuff like character and desire and humility and fortitude to pick ourselves up and get back in the race.
For the long run, my money is on the Cats in this world.