Mediocrity should be placed in the Hall of Fame of Embarrassing Words. We all know what four letter words are, but shouldn’t a nine letter word such as “mediocrity” share those four letter words’ fame? I believe it should, much like I believe Pete Rose should be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Pete Rose may have been a mediocre gambler, but he was an outstanding competitor.
Mediocre shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame of Words. I only write this because I have been mediocre at so many things. I am man enough to acknowledge this. I was a mediocre baseball player. I was a mediocre football player. I was a mediocre student. I was also a mediocre teacher and coach on certain days. To receive a C grade in class allows you not to fail. But really, other than graduating from High School or college, do you wish to place that C average on your resume? We place so much greatness in mediocrity. Let me make this simple. When I was mediocre at anything, I was pissed off at the world. Since I’m still mediocre and pissed about everything ( other than my wife and my life), and including not playing in the big leagues, I wish to congratulate the Seattle Mariners, the Seattle Seahawks, and the Washington Huskies for accepting mediocrity.
Failing is ok. Accepting it is not. It doesn’t mean you have to throw tantrums and beat your head on the floor. It means you must do everything possible, on every play, or in every inning to WIN. My coaching and teaching friend, Russ, and I presented a speech each year regarding losing. We took it out of a Bible Verse. It’s the Book According to Steve. “Losing is for Losers!!”. Somehow, this wise man is still living. How many other Bible members are still living these days? I only know of one.
I am happily married to a woman. Loving her and respecting her is absolutely essential for our success. It’s quite easy. She is far more bright than I shall ever be, but when I speak of winning, and she speaks of sympathy, I know where the pants should be placed. I have no fun losing at Scrabble to her. She has no fun losing at Monopoly to me. Many of my friends and relatives despise losing at Cribbage to me. Losing is simply NO FUN.
For all those fabulous mothers out in space, it’s ok for your son or daughter to lose. A hand can be raised for the winner and you don’t have to scream obscenities or become upset. You just have to tell them to beat the Holy Hell out of them the next time they meet.
Games are fun. Losing isn’t.