Whenever You Get There, You Get There

The beauty of our sport of bowling is that it's a life long sport.  I watched Dick Weber and Johnny Petraglia win professional titles in their 70's.  Petraglia might be the first player to do it in his 80's.  Whether you are an amateur, professional or coach in our great sport of bowling, you have tremendous opportunity to grow daily, yearly and throughout your career.  

 

While it is easy to become distracted with the glitz and glamour culture of instant gratification, understand aging waits for you. Invest time into the process while enjoying the journey. Allow your mind and spirit to be energized with the affirmation each day that "No matter what you do, be good at it, and whenever you get there, you get there."  

 

This a a poem that Coach Bill Parsels (Super Bowl Champion) lived by and displayed in his office.  Enjoy!

 

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.”

 

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