Sports and Storytelling

Growing up in the suburbs outside of Detroit, Michigan, I was never a big sports fan.  Yes, I watched hockey because my brother played in a youth league and Detroit is “Hockeytown” but I wasn’t rabid about any Motown team, even if I have fond memories of watching the Stanley Cup play-offs with DC friends in recent years (and one particularly epic road-trip that involved following the Red Wings for a week).  When it’s difficult to participate in those activities you find other things to do.  Therefore, it is just as surprising to me as it would be to anyone else that I would compare something to my limited understanding of sports and practices within them.  Nevertheless…

Recently, I was asked to share observations from life to a weekly seminar attended by folks who are new to the DC area via my involvement with National Community Church.  As has become a practice of mine over the last year or so, I’ll record the events so that I can use them for other things.  Among the uses, I’ll often listen to them in hindsight and being to critique the “performance” – judging what went well and what should be worked on.  After the event, while listening to the recording, I discovered that I had made a grievous mistake in leaving something unsaid that linked a favorite character to something written by the Apostle Paul.  In that disappointed moment – realizing the irony of not being able to go back in time and fix my mistake because I had talked about time travel at this event – my thoughts drifted to how athletes must feel when they watch the “tale of the tape” after the game and begin to scrutinize errors made during.  It’s not an easy thing, especially when you’re your toughest critic, but I know it’ll make me better.

All that and it gives me a small amount of sympathy for folks who have a talent I was never given.

What do you do to improve talents you’ve been given?

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Author, Speaker, and Super Nerd. Aaron Welty speaks and writes regularly connecting the dots of life, faith, and science fiction. Originally from Michigan, he now lives and works in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

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