Today, I watched some elementary boys play a game of basketball during recess. The two teams were distinguished by grade levels. The 2nd and 3rd graders were playing against the heavy hitters known as the 4th and 5th graders. They were running up and down the court weaving in and out of each other's way. As I got a little closer I could see the sweat beads rolling down their little faces. I could also hear them yell phrases like " you fouled me, you're too big and you're cheating", from the little guys but, I could also hear the big boys yelling "You can't do that, so what we're winning, that's why I am going to win." This behavior went on for about 15 minutes. I watched each of the boys give their all to the game. I also watched repeatedly as the boys missed shots. I stood in silence for the moment, really wondering what was going on. I was so confused at why they would continue playing... there were so many odds against them. First, the basketball rim was too high, then there were so many other distractions from kids playing near the court, not to mention the players were not even in size or number. There were some aggressive players and some that were not so aggressive. Things just weren't even at all. One thing all the players had in common was their will power.... They were giving their all to play the game. They each would run up or down the court and once they got toward the rim they would shoot the ball with all their might! In most cases, the obvious occurred... They would miss the shot!! One would think that after so many missed baskets that they would give up. Oh no!!! They continued to play just as hard, if not harder than previously played. In the few minutes I watched I learned so many life lessons. I learned to play the game with all your might. I learned to give it my best shot. I learned to ignore or overcome the distractions that get in the way but most of all I learned to keep shooting even when I miss. Although life can bring about challenges and storms it is our endeavor to keep moving, keep trying, and most of all to keep shooting even when we miss.
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