Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Life is like Basketball

By Issac Boose, M.Ed, LPC-S, LMFT, ICAADC

I like basketball and I enjoy watching skilled players who play the game well. For me, there are versatile players who can adjust and make appropriate changes in the middle of a play. I especially like watching players, who can anticipate a pass and cut it off, or the player who can rack up points for their team when they are truly needed. Additionally, I admire the players who are able to make accurate free throws throughout the game. I must admit the free throws are not truly exciting for me until the last few minutes of a close game because that is when they count the most. From my perspective, watching a competitive basketball game is much like watching the good things in life unfold before my very eyes.

How awesome would your life be if when you find yourself in a sticky situation you were able to assess how the situation could turn out in a split second and make suitable adjustments as quickly as a basketball player in the middle of play? Imagine the self-confidence in knowing that when you are faced with a problem, you are able to automatically review all of your past experiences and choose the best solution for solving that particular problem. It would be like the basketball player who has so much experience playing the game; they instinctively know what to do next. In life, we sometimes find ourselves repeating the same unhelpful patterns as if we have not gained insight from the past.

What I suggest is for people to pay close attention to how they successfully solved problems in the past and to continue to apply those same principles to future situations. Before you know it, you have a wealth of useful information to draw from. Also, practice your free throws and solve the small problems when they arise. Solving the small problems is just like racking up extra points, in case your life gets complicated later on.

Issac L. Boose is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He presently works as the director of Pine Grove Next Step and has been a part of the Next Step team since December 2004. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland European Division and a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Mississippi. He is an active member of the Mississippi Association of Addiction Professional. His experience in the counseling profession includes working with school-aged children as a school based counselor, counseling senior citizens in a hospital setting, community mental health counseling and residential alcohol and drug counseling. While working within these settings he has provided couples, family, group and individual therapy.

Visit www.pinegrovetreatment.com or call 1-888-574-HOPE (4673) for more information.