When You Get Down, You Don’t Have To Go Out

Curry Victorious

Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors were down by 22 points to the San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio. Twenty Two Points! And yet they won by twelve, 110 to 98. That’s a 34 point swing. Talk about a turnaround! When they were down, they were mentally tough and physically smart and they didn’t let their circumstances dictate their destiny.

What could have been an ego bruising, pride damaging loss turned into a late season, message sending, thriller of a win ON THE ROAD for the Warriors. The Spurs were trying to send the first place Warriors a message. Instead, the golden boys from Golden State sent a gold leaf message of their own by erasing a disappointing deficit and turning it into a surprising surplus. 

The message to the rest of us and even to the best of us is loud and clear: if the Warriors can do it in sports, we can do it in life, too.

So always, always, always remember this: if you get way down, you don’t have to wither out. To mix sports metaphors, being down in the count doesn’t have to mean you can’t or won’t hit a homerun. Quite the contrary; being down is not the end. Staying down can mean the end, but we all know that down is not out.

We are destined to win. Even though disappointment and discouragement and setbacks and letdowns are a part of life, they are not the lot of life. The keyword here is “part.” They don’t make up the whole of living. Time is filled with swift transition. Peace like a river can attend your way one minute, and then sorrows like sea billows roll can rush in the next. But the key is our faith and our focus.

Just like Steph Curry and the Warriors have shown us, when you get down, don’t stay down. Keep your chin up and your hopes high. Watch your body language and check your facial expressions.  And when you have a down moment or a down day or a down season, just do like Mo Farah did last summer in the Olympics: get back up and get back going! https://godandsports.net/2016/08/13/note-from-mo-farah-get-back-up-and-get-back-going/ 

A good reminder is the poem from the unknown poet, who once gave us these encouraging words:

Don’t Quit

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

Golden Moments From Rio 2016: An Olympic Photo Essay

American Abbey D’Agnostino and Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand were 3,000 meters into the race when D’Agnostinio appealed to clip Hamblin’s heel, sending both tumbling to the ground. After getting up, D’Agnostino fell again, and Hamblin was gracious enough to end her hopes of placing in the race by helping Abbey up.

There were dozens of great stories during these Olympics, but none more compelling and captivating than the one where one runner stopped to help another up after a fall during the race. And that is what life is all about: falling down and getting back up, and those that help us and those that we help along the way to the finish line.

So the Olympics and life are not just about winning gold medals; it’s about living the golden rule and sharing golden moments all along the way.


Diving - Olympics: Day 4
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 09: Ruolin Chen and Huixia Liu of China compete in the Women’s Diving Synchronised 10m Platform Final on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)




Olympic Diving




Hockey - Olympics: Day 10
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 15: Kelly Jonker (R) of the Netherlands hits the ball into Lucinda von der Heyde during the Women’s quarter final hockey match between the Netherlands and Argentina on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games held at the Olympic Hockey Centre on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
USA’s guard Kyrie Irving (R) takes a shot over France’s point guard Thomas Heurtel during a Men’s round Group A basketball match between USA and France at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP / Andrej ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Rio 2016 - Men's Canoe Double
David Florence, Richard Hounslow Men’s Canoe Double event at Whitewater Stadium during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (Hahn Lionel/CP)


Olympics Carli Lloyd after loss to Sweeden



Athletics - Olympics: Day 9
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 14: Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins the Men’s 100m Final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)


Rio Olympics Handball Women
Spain’s Naiara Egozkue celebrates after scoring during the women’s preliminary handball match between Spain and Romania at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)


Bronze medalist Kristi Castlin, gold medalist Brianna Rollins and  silver medalist Nia Ali, all of the United States, celebrate after sweeping the Women’s 100m Hurdles Final at Olympic Stadium at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 17, 2016. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UI
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Mohamed Farah of Great Britain reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 5000 meter Final at Olympic Stadium at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 20, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsh/UPI
Danell Leyva celebrates after competing in the men’s team gymnastics final of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games at the Rio Arena on Monday, August 8, 2016.
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Jeff Henderson of the United States reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men’s Long Jump Final at Olympic Stadium on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI


Inika McPherson of the United States competes in the Women’s High Jump Final at Olympic Stadium at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 20, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Elaine Thompson of Jamaica is amazed as she crosses the finish line first in her 200m final which earned her double gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Photo Credit: @iaaforg
Sailing - Olympics: Day 12
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 17: Hannah Mills (helm) of Great Britain and Saskia Clark of Great Britain sail in the light wind delaying the start of the Women’s 470 class race on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Marina da Gloria on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)



USA’s gold medallist team Nathan Adrian (L), Michael Phelps, Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller (R), pose with a banner “Thank You rio” during the podium ceremony of the Men’s swimming 4 x 100m Medley Relay Final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 13, 2016. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)