I have a good friend, Dave, who I hadn't seen for a while since he hda moved to Toledo for his job. I invited him to join myself and a few buddies on a weekend Walleye fishing trip to Port Clinton a few years back.
When he arrived I could tell that he was upset about something and I took him aside to find out what was bothering him and to see if I could help a buddy out.
I found out that he had missed the 6th number on a Pick-6 lottery ticket for a million dollars. I did my best to console him and in doing so learned the rest of the story. It went something like this:
"Well, Dave did you win anything?"
"Yea, I won $10,000."
"Dave, when you brought the ticket, did you expect to win?"
"No, I only brought it on a lark."
"Okay, Dave let me get this straight. You win $10,000 you never expected to win and you are pissed because it wasn't $1,000,000? That seems kinda silly to me. You should be happy that you won the 10 grand. Hell, I would be doing the Walter Houston dance fron the Treasures os the Sierra Madre."
He looked over to me and gave me a big smile and a manhug.
"You are so right John. Thanks for setting me straight. I needed that."
Dave was happy and had a great time on the boat for two days.
I think we can all take a lesson from Dave. None of us expected this team to do anything when the season started. Yet, many here are pissed that this team is only twice as good as we thought they would be and not three times as good.
We have an unexpectedly good team this year. We have a strong draft coming up and another one after that. All of us should be very happy with that. I understood the disapoimntment that Dave felt when the last number didn't come up and I also understand the disapointment that our playoff hopes took a hit last weekend in a hard loss. But, lets not let that undermine the positives we are seeing this year. The future is potentially very bright. Don't let the fact that unrealistic dreams fell short. Be happy that this team is better than we dreamed they would be when the season started. Take a happy and optimistic view. I, at least find that to be more fun. But maybe that is just me.
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