My son, James, just telephoned me – he was happy, I could hear it in his voice.
He’s recently started playing cricket again with a small village cricket team in Thurgaton in Nottinghamshire. It really is ‘village green’ stuff but they do play in a league.
Most of his old cricket kit did not fit him so he’s had to invest in new pads and bat, so he really hasn’t played for a long time.
Coupled with that, when he played in the past he never bowled – he was always a batsman – this is important in understanding what comes next.
I think the village team is well supplied with batsmen but they must lack for bowlers because they asked James to bowl for them! This is someone who has never bowled for a team in the past! He was desperate to contribute to the team and so he took the ball.
In the last two matches (- this is the beginning of the season -) he has bowled a total of 12 overs only. His bowling average is 0.8 runs per over and he has taken 4 wickets. These numbers have put him top of the league in the bowling stats apparently.
In the last match, he opened the bowling and bowled out the teams best batsman second ball – someone who scored over 100 runs last year when they played his team.
I asked James what he was bowling – it turns out he’s bowling slowly but accurately.
What’s happening is the batsmen, who are eager to get runs on the board, are trying to hit him for six, missing the ball and getting themselves bowled out. (If the ball is not coming down the wicket at speed, then the batsman has to generate all the power themselves when hitting the ball which is breaking their normal pattern of scoring off a quick opening bowler!)
Of course, it’s unlikely that James’ stats will last and it could just be beginners luck. Also, James will probably try to defend his stats by trying harder which may mean that his bowling averages deteriorate.
That’s why it is so important to celebrate little successes as and when you encounter them.
Today he is up but tomorrow he may be down. Life is like that.
Everything is temporary – today you may be poor, and tomorrow rich. Today healthy, tomorrow at deaths door. None of us know what life has in store.
The only time that we can really live is in the present moment – the past has gone, nothing we can do about it. The future may partially be determined by what we do in the present moment but there are no guarantees about that.
So it’s important to celebrate our successes today – their memories will keep us moving forward and motivated in tougher times.
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