Sports are a throne to “What If” scenarios. Perhaps no sporting event in modern history exemplifies this “what if” scenario better than the recent Pittsburgh Stealers win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL.
The ending of that game created a lot of “what if’s” for the losing Bengals. If you have no idea what I’m talking about let me offer a quick recap of the last few minutes of this football game. Cincinnati is in the lead with hardly 60 seconds to go in the game. They are very close to scoring again and essentially putting the game out of reach for Pittsburgh. First, Cincinnati fumbles and Pittsburgh recovers the ball. Then, one of Cincinnati players’ cold cocks a Pittsburg player. A penalty is called and Pittsburgh is in much better position to score and take the lead. Then, there is a confrontation on the field and a Cincinnati player pushes one of the Pittsburgh coaches. Another penalty is called. Now, Pittsburgh is in great position to score and win the game. They do both.
For sure, it was a heart breaker for Cincinnati who has not won a play-off game since the invention of sliced bread. It was hard to stomach for Bengals fans. I promise you there is not one Bengals fan that has not said “what if” several times since that game.
What if we did not fumble? What if we did not get that first penalty? What if we did not get that second penalty? What if, what if, what if.
The “what if” factor plagues musicians and artists as well. I think back over my music career and within seconds a few “what ifs” come to mind. What if I handed DJ Hi-Tek a cd I really believed in vs. what I thought was more trendy at the time? What if I made a better impression on Kirk Franklin when we met? What if I stayed in contact with this person in the business or that person? What if I performed better at this show or that show? What if, what if, what if.
What if never happened and never will. It is my personal me-made barrier. It distracts me. It blurs the overwhelming opportunities I have right now! Incredible opportunities are happening as I write this. I can choose to dwell on the past “what ifs” or I can fight back against those distractions by working right now in the present. I can. I will. I am.
I hope “what ifs” are not pulling you down. If they are let’s leave them in the past together. Because even though right now I’m optimistic and telling myself “yeah, I can do this” tomorrow will come and with it a “what if” memory will no doubt make its way into my thoughts. And if it hits at the right time when I’m already feeling a bit weak, I will not be immune from its traps. Hopefully, knowing that you are overcoming your “what-ifs” will inspire me to overcome mine.
PS- But, seriously, IF we had only kneeled the ball instead of running we could have gone to the Super Bowl in a few weeks!!!!!