In football, the cornerback lines up as part of the defensive backfield to defend against the pass and cover the opposing team’s receivers. This happens play after play.
Most of the time, the cornerback does a great job defending the pass. Every now and then, the receiver gets behind the defender and catches a pass for a long gain or touchdown. That “failed coverage” gets replayed on sports shows. “Getting beaten” on the coverage is not acceptable, but it’s going to happen.
During one game, I heard the announcer asked his partner in the booth, what makes a good cornerback. “A short term memory”, he said. He went on to explain that you can’t think of getting beaten on the last play because you have to line up again and defend.
In baseball, a closer is the relief pitcher brought in from the bullpen,whose job is to get the final outs in a close game. A good closer is one who is known for regularly being summoned from the “pen” to get those last outs. Much like a good cornerback, good closers are pitchers who have the ability to forget their last bad outing, because it’s their job to be ready to close out the next game. No dwelling on the past. It doesn’t help them in the present inning of this game.
I saw this same philosophy in an interview clip from CNBC. CNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla asked TV producer Norman Lear what he credited for his success. It was part of an interview where Lear was discussing his work as he turns 94. He shared his secret as, “I think the two least considered small words in the English language may be over and next. When something is over. We’re onto next.”
He said that his “over and next” philosophy allows him to stay present and focused. ”I live in that moment,” Lear said. “I mean this is it and it took me 93 years to get here.”
Not easy advice to apply, but good advice to remember. I remember someone telling me that they did not have Yesterday and Tomorrow in their vocabulary. Not literally… but that they truly tried to live in the present! Tomorrow will work out if today is taken care of, and yesterday is already in the books. Nothing can be done looking in the “rearview mirror”.
Uncle D told me that I had to keep the streak going and mention him in the blog today. So, as he goes to the eye doctor, I guess we can be reminded that You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. (Mark Twain)
Have a great weekend!!!! And here’s pic o’ day from Jessica:
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