When one examines one’s life we tend to dwell on our failures, mistakes, and foibles. Seldom does one sit down during an examination and list accomplishments, successes, etc. We should all learn from Quarterbacks. (Oh my gosh Hubbell, not another football analogy!).
The great quarterbacks have a unique ability during a game, a season, or a lifetime to immediately forget their mistakes — an interception, a poor pass to an open receiver, or a fumble. Now, if you are receiver who drops a pass, or a lineman who misses a block you will hear from the quarterback in the huddle, after the game even if you won, and in a few cases for a lifetime. But a good quarterback forgets his mistakes quicker than greased lightning.
I don’t fault them for this unique ability, in fact it is a necessary ingredient to greatness at their position. instead, I suggest we learn from it.
Next time you put on your Socrates hat and decide to examine your life, remember that you indeed are the quarterback of your life, and focus on your successes, contributions to society, and your accomplishments and tune out the last mistakes. You might walk with a swagger for a time like most quarterbacks, but it will definitely do you some good.