While watching the Copa Libertadores soccer tournament with my fanatical, Argentine husband, I took in a few well learned lessons. The Argentina team kept coming out even, not winning, not losing. One of their players is considered the best in the world but he had no room to move freely on the field. There wasn’t “team chemistry” going on, and the criticism of his playing was cruel. Finally, the Technical Director made some key changes, taking out a few old timers who weren’t giving enough space, and putting in those who would support the talent of the best player.
The brilliant changes manifested in the results of the next game, Argentina won,3/0. This outstanding player was free to set up plays that led the whole team forward and the attitude of the new players was to catch the spirit of team action. Their opposition had no chance at the ball.
When we have come to a stagnant point, life calls us to evoke changes at all levels. Perhaps we need to sacrifice a well meaning relationship, throw out old mind sets and bring in new strategies, renew our core beliefs and discern what space our “best player” needs to take over the field. Age should not be a limiting factor; on the contrary, we are now aware of whats really important and our loyalty to useless habits can be eliminated. We are ready to give it our best shot throughout the years we have left. It’s time to let change take its course, do or die.
Many great men have drowned in despondency and boredom, procrastination and depression. Habits, routines and inflexible inner conversations have the power to kill creativity within the soul. But like old wine, if one matures with the ability to cultivate the richness within, and bring it out to enjoy, there is no age limit or fear of death and uselessness. The bottle must be occasionally turned to mix the flavor as the years go by. Bottoms up!
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