Never Say Never Again
When I was a teenager in high school in Newark, New Jersey, I had an opportunity to go on my first big trip in a jet! It was to the Northwest Outward Bound School in the state of Washington. Basically a one month, all expense paid camping trip!
About halfway through the course, they put you out into the woods for three days on what they call a SOLO where youre out on your own, fending for yourself as far as food, drink, and shelter.
One of the things they give you to help you get by for the three days is a little booklet of inspirational writings. (I would have appreciated a tin of Vienna sausages much more!) Most of the stuff was pretty corny but there was this one piece that had to do with positive thinking that Ive taken to heart for all these many years.
Every once in a while I go through my scrap box and dig out the booklet and re-read it. Unfortunately I forget the title and the author and the scrap box is in storage somewhere so I cant quote the piece verbatim but, it said something to the effect that, If you say you cant, you wont. If you even think you can, you will!
Its unbelievable how many times during my life these words have proven themselves to be true! Theres so much we can learn or do if we can just get ourselves out of the starting blocks and try!
And here we go again, dice influencing! Lets examine how many things I originally said I couldnt do:
a.) Ill never be able to throw from anywhere but SR1.
Ha! I can now comfortably throw from any position to the right of the stickman. My first monster roll, with one of our board members in attendance, came from straight out on the south side of the table! One hour long, multiple passes and dozens of numbers.
b.) I cant throw on a fourteen-foot table.
Double Ha! Not only
can I now do it, but I can do it from the max, 14.
c.) Ill never master this grip, Its too hard to do.
Ha! Two weeks later: Hey, this grip isnt that bad, I think Ill start using it!
d.) I cant get past five rolls throwing to this target, and I cant throw to any other spot.
Double Ha and a half! Last week at Foxwoods less than five and out for three hands, switched the target to the diagonal corner, wham! 30 rolls with 5 passes!
Woe is the person that stops at the word never. How many experiences has that person been cheated out of? And look at all the lost opportunities. When I hear the word never it signals a challenge, a new door to be opened and new things to be learned, opportunities for enrichment, advancement of skills.
If you want to be the best you can be at this game you have to jump in and get your feet wet and that will only happen if you never say never again!
Now lets see, I know Ill never be able to make $50,000. a year playing craps ..