I went bowling for the first time in more than two decades. I warned my friend that I was terrible, but she didn’t mind. She bowls once a week in her boyfriend’s league, and she thought our outing would give her a fun way to practice.
I was true to my word. I WAS terrible! I bowled a “34” in the first game. It’s amazing, I’m given 20 chances to hit the pins, and I only mange to knock down 34 pins in all that time. As you can imagine, most of my rolls ended in the gutter.
It was fun, though; because we celebrated every time I actually managed to keep the ball on the lane and hit something.
We paid for two games; so, with my chin held high, I tried again and again. I was determined to beat “34” in this next game. I was so bad the first time, I didn’t think I could get any worse.
It wasn’t until mid-game that I tried something unconventional… and managed to strike all the pins down in one throw.
I tried it again and managed another strike… and then another… followed by spares and more strikes…
Both my friend and I were in disbelief, along with the people in the lane next to us. They couldn’t believe it either!!!
I ended that game with “127.” Unbelievable!!!
We both bowled our “personal best” in that second game, so thought we’d pick up a third game.
That was a mistake. My fingers were getting tired, I was getting hungry, and my attention span was waning for this game—and all of this showed in the third game. I was much better than the first game—hard not to be—but not as good as in the second.
But in the third game, if I got anything less than a strike or a spare, I was disappointed.
The celebratory feel of the first game and the disbelief of the second game were missing in this last game. In the first game, I was happy to hit ANYTHING. In the second game, I was amazed at hitting so many.
In the third game, I focused on what I missed and not what I had hit. Instead of being happy with how much I improved from the first game, I ended the night disappointed.
Too many times, we do the same in life. We focus on what we don’t have and not on all the things we do have.