A grizzled old football coach once confided in me one of the secrets of gridiron success. He told me, “It ain’t how many times you catch the ball; rather, it’s what you do with it once you got it in your hands.”

Well, since this particular set of hands rarely touched the ball that season other than to stuff it back into the equipment bag or warm up our all-county quarterback, it was probably a lesson better spent on a player with more talent. Still, I never forgot that philosophical tidbit, nor its application to more practical things in life.

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