When You’ve Had a Setback // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

SetbackBack in 2011, when the Kansas City Chiefs snapped our Green Bay Packers’ 19 game (over two seasons) winning streak, I was extremely disappointed, and grumbled all over the house,

That afternoon, my son, Ryan brought some perspective to the situation.  He reminded me the Colts had just won their first game of the season, after a long losing streak.

“The Packers are 13 and 1 and the Colts are 1 and 13,” Ryan noted, “And I wonder what’s going on in their locker rooms right now?”

I imagined defeated Packers slumping to the lockers under gloomy clouds of sullen despair.  Meanwhile, I pictured jubilant Colts cheering, slapping backs, and congratulating each other.

Then Ryan said, “But despite how they’re feeling today, the fact is the Packers are still 13 and 1 – and on top of the league, while the Colts, at 1 and 13, are still in the basement.”

And I needed to hear that.

Sometimes, like the Packers, We end up getting beat by perplexing problems.   When life takes a negative turn, we tend to sag in discouragement.  If we’re not prayed up and filled with positive juice, the negative stuff can sink into the human spirit like a brick,  It is easy to let yesterday’s defeat describe today’s reality.

The truth is, you are not a failure if you experience a loss.  When you lose, it doesn’t mean you’re a loser – only that you’re a human being.  In reality, the only true failure is failing to try again.

Come to think of it, only one team in NFL history had a perfect season – and that was four decades ago.  Those guys are all carrying AARP cards now.  The 1972 Miami Dolphins impressed the world with a 17-0 record, but even these gridiron titans fell to the Raiders the following September.

Nobody wins all the time.  Everyone has to face defeat sooner or later.  The question is, how will you respond to failure?  What will you learn from the experience?  Is it a stop sign or merely a detour?

If you’ve suffered a recent set-back, step back and look again.  You might just realize you’re still 13 and 1.

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