I look at life, and each year within it, in quarters…you know, like sports. Doesn’t everybody? No? Oh? Okay, well…

Not quite sure how this came about, but this is how I see things:

I look at life, and each year within it, in quarters…you know, like sports.  Doesn’t everybody?  No?  Oh?  Okay, well…

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First quarter…Let the games begin!  It’s all new.  You like this because in the back of your mind, this is the fresh start you need.  You’ll attempt to set the tone, but you’re a little unsure of how things are really going to go.  You have jitters, some insecurities (although you don’t let your competition or the people around you, know this).  You don’t have much control — yet — but you hope with time this will come.

Second quarter…The kinks and any nerves from the first quarter have almost disappeared from your system — almost.  Some insecurities still remain but you are pumped!  You’re running back and forth on the court (a-la professional basketball) or on the field (a-la American football).  This quarter, you’re taking chances, seeking openings, bopping and weaving, swishing and dishing (Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier would be so proud of my insertion here).

Third quarter…You think you know your place and position in the game.  Your confidence has grown exponentially.  The steps you’re taking are based on strategy.  You have more purpose and direction.  You understand where you fit — and you’re not afraid to walk away from the game or communicate that a trade may be necessary (before you get cut).  You also understand and appreciate teamwork, and having a solid network.  You’re selling yourself more confidently.  You long to be in the driver’s seat (like at a NASCAR or Formula One race).  If nothing else is clear, this is:  Any bad moves, and the potential for crashing and burning before the game is over is high on the list.

Fourth quarter…All that you’ve learned to this point is coming full circle.  You’re dunking, making 3-point baskets, scoring touchdowns, playing the best defense of your life.  The drawn lines and boundaries are so crystal clear.  Your competition — and even those who are not — know exactly where you stand.  You’re right where you want to be — hopefully — because there’s no going back now.  The goal: Making it through to the end of the game — whole, and with a sense of accomplishment and success under your belt.

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So, where am I?  Definitely in the third quarter, and before long, the buzzer or whistle will indicate a break in the action and the fourth quarter will begin.

Hmmm…the third quarter.  I don’t have much time to sort this year (or this life out for that matter).  But, I’m doing my best.  The rest of this quarter, for sure, will be interesting.

Before you know it, it’s the last quarter…

How do you look at life and each year within in?

(Obviously, I’m watching too much sports.  Yes, obviously.)


5 thoughts on “I look at life, and each year within it, in quarters…you know, like sports. Doesn’t everybody? No? Oh? Okay, well…

  1. Pingback: Crossroads: Doubts still remain about my life’s direction. | brainypintsizer

  2. I always consider Sept to be the 1st quarter. Maybe it’s the whole back to school thing but I always feel like it’s a chance to start fresh.

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