You. Have. To. Play. The. Game.

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Since last Sunday night, everyone and his brother (and sister) has had an opinion about the NCAA basketball pairings. Bracketology has become a new branch of science.

“This team should not have been a 4th seed but a 5th seed.” “That team doesn’t deserve to be a 1 seed.” “The committee really overlooked a good team.” Opinions abound!

It strikes me, however, that once the tournament starts, it doesn’t matter if you’re a 1 seed or a 16 seed. At a certain point, the ranking and seeding and location of a regional final doesn’t matter. What matters is that every team has to play the game.

You have to play the game.

How we got to where we are in life is not unimportant. But in the end, how we got to where we are is not nearly as important as what we will do with the NOW in which we find ourselves living. Or said differently . . . you have to play the game.

And so we try. And we do our best. We squeeze as much juice as we can out of each day. The circumstances might not be perfect. We might wish we had a different pairing or a better seeding in the bracketology called life. But at a certain point it doesn’t matter. What matters now is that you have to play the game.

Take a Breath. Don’t focus on where you thought you would be today. Or where you deserve to be today. Focus on one thing — What will I do with the precious NOW of my life.

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