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Issue 538 - "Two Sides of Life." (Booker T. Washington Part Nineteen)

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Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 11 Issue 538
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Booker T. Washington was an American educator, author, orator, and adviser to several presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, he was the dominant leader of American educational innovation and reform.
In his 1902 book, Character Building, Mr. Washington describes a winning approach to everyday life:
"I think you will find that you can separate life into two divisions—the dark side and the bright side, the discouraging side and the encouraging side.
I think I am right in saying that persons who accomplish the most in this world, those to whom on account of their helpfulness the world looks most for service those — who are most useful in every way — are those who are constantly seeing and appreciating the bright side as well as the dark side of life.
You will sometimes find two persons who get up in the morning, perhaps a morning that is overcast with shadows—a damp, wet, rainy, uninviting morning—and one of these persons will speak of the morning as being gloomy, will speak of the mud-puddles about the house, of the rain, and of all of the disagreeable features.
The second person, the one who has schooled himself to see the brighter side of life, the beautiful things in life, will speak of the beauties that are in the rain drops, and the freshness of the newly bathed flowers, shrubs and trees and will discover something in the gloomy morning that will cheer him.
Suppose that you see these same two persons eat their breakfast. Perhaps they will find out that the rolls are bad, but that the coffee is excellent. If the rolls are poor, it is a great deal better in such a case to get into the habit—a habit that you will find pays from every standpoint of being able to forget how unpalatable they are, and to let your thoughts dwell upon the good and satisfactory coffee.
Call the attention of your near neighbor at the table to the excellence of the coffee. What is the result of that kind of schooling? You will grow up to be an individual whom people will like to see coming near them - an individual to whom people will go for encouragement when the hours are dark, and when everything seems to be discouraging."
Are you talking about the bad rolls or the great coffee?

Yours in Coaching,
Craig Impelman




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Application Exercise



Golf Luck

As a golfer I'm not one who cops the money;
I shall always be a member of the dubs;
There are times my style is positively funny;
I am awkward in my handling of the clubs.
I am not a skillful golfer, nor a plucky,
But this about myself I proudly say-
When I win a hole by freaky stroke or lucky,
I never claim I played the shot that way.

There are times, despite my blundering behavior,
When fortune seems to follow at my heels;
Now and then I play supremely in her favor,
And she lets me pull the rankest sort of steals;
She'll give to me the friendliest assistance,
I'll jump a ditch at times when I should not,
I'll top the ball and get a lot of distance-
But I don't claim that's how I played the shot.

I've hooked a ball when just that hook I needed,
And wondered how I ever turned the trick;
I've thanked my luck for what a friendly tree did,
Although my fortune made my rival sick;
Sometimes my shots turn out just as I planned 'em,
The sort of shots I usually play,
But when up to the cup I chance to land 'em,
I never claim I played 'em just that way.

There's little in my game that will commend me;
I'm not a shark who shoots the course in par;
I need good fortune often to befriend me;
I have my faults and know just what they are.
I play golf in a desperate do-or-die way,
And into traps and trouble oft I stray,
But when by chance the breaks are coming my way,
I do not claim I played the shots that way.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)






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