Sports Illustrated’s story on the Michigan/Ohio State football game on Saturday, included a life lesson reminder.
It was the 109th football game between these two rivals. When new football coach Urban Meyer took the Ohio State coaching job this year, he knew that it would be difficult. Ohio State was on probation and could not participate in any bowl games or be considered in the college rankings for a national championship.(Bowl Championship Series) He also knew that it was his job to always “beat the team from the north”… Michigan.
At halftime of Saturday’s game, Ohio State honored its only national championship team, the 2002 team. Coincidentally, that meant that in honoring that team, they were also honoring former coach Jim Tressel. His actions and omissions are credited for the current team probation.
The game result: Ohio State beat Michigan 26-21 and finished with a perfect 12-0 record. Because of probation, it is their last game this year. At halftime, Tressel had received a standing ovation for the 2002 season, Then, he was even hoisted on his former players’ shoulders.
After the game, the current athletic director was asked whether he had ever seen someone receive a standing ovation where they might have been responsible for costing that team a possible chance at a current national championship. “I’ll let you talk about that”, was what AD Gene Smith told the reporter.
When Coach Urban Meyer was asked about his thoughts on missing out on the championship and the standing ovation of Tressel he replied, “Sure I’m going to wonder. But I think … the lesson I learned is that I’m not going to try and control what I can’t control”.
In my practice, I see that lesson in effect. I just spoke to a client about a current settlement offer. He advised me to take the offer and said that he wasn’t going to look back at why it happened; he was going to settle his case and look forward.
That also reminded me of the Prayer credited to theologian Reinhold Niebuhr that is now titled the ”Serenity Prayer”. “Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference”.
And for pic o’ day, how about some relaxation!
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