This week, in Los Angeles and most of our stations, debuts a most delicious episode featuring Diane Ladd and her book A Bad Afternoon for a Piece of Cake. Her book, and our conversation, covers many different aspects of life and our role in it.
The minute you were born, somewhere your grave was being dug for you… so you better do in life whatever it was you’re supposed to do.
The above quote from Diane’s book sparked a conversation I also had this week with a dear friend Lowell T.
LIFE ALWAYS BRINGS HER “A” GAME
Lowell is truly a giant of a man both physically and emotionally. After being an all-star linebacker in college he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He did not make the team but never let it discourage his search for his true path in life. He now works with some of the most disabled students in the Los Angeles Unified School District and the ever present smile on this gentle giant’s face is not only soothing for the children, but his mind is as full of wisdom as his body is of muscle.
We were sitting together at a banquet on Saturday and our conversation, like mine with Diane, covered a variety of life’s ups and downs that we all experience. One line from Lowell struck a deep chord with me. It was something he always tells his children:
Life always brings her “A” game so you always better bring yours.
We all want to bring our “A” game but so often do not know what it is and for that matter, even how we can find out.
THE MASTER OF THE “A” GAME
Before his passing we were very blessed to have arguably the greatest coach in all of sport and history, John Wooden, on Between the Lines. John’s records will most likely never be broken. His UCLA Bruins won 10 NCAA championships, with an unprecedented 7 in a row. Also, during that period they won 88 consecutive games. As impressive as such a feat is, what impressed me most about John was that during our conversation he said that not once did he ever ask or tell his team that their goal was to win.
All he ever asked of his players was this:
Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
THE ULTIMATE “A” GAME
The definitive “A” game therefore is not winning or being the best, but simply being the best that you can be at any given moment. And the best is not defined as being number one, but as Coach Wooden emphasized: “The best that you are capable of becoming.” That is a major difference and we often lose sight of the importance that it makes in our lives and the effect it has on the lives around us. So, if life is always bringing her “A” game, bring yours, what have you got to lose?
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