At one point in the first half, that Atlanta Falcons led by 25 points...and never had a winning SUper Bowl team come from more than a ten-point deficit.
But Tom Brady, the Patriots' quarterback, led his team to a tie in regulation time, and a win in overtime.
How did he do it?
- He didn't accept the odds as holy writ - the immense lead the Falcons had was an obstacle, and a big one, to overcome, but he saw a path by which it could be overcome.
- He played the Patriots' own game - every team has its own strengths and weaknesses, and he played to the patriots' strengths. He didn't try to adapt on the fly, and change the game they had developed together
- He didn't get desperate - the Patriots moved the ball upfield to successive touchdowns through solid plays, unspectacular in themselves but absolutely tunning in their overall effect. He didn't go for 'Hail Mary' passes to score quickly; he used the time on the clock to develop a strategic, and winning, position.
- Neither he nor anyone on the team ever gave up, or slacked off from giving their best.
How can this help the caregiver and patient, in facing terminal illness?
- Accept the diagnosis, but don't accept the prognosis. It's been said that someone who thinks he will die on a given day usually finds a way to make it happen.
- Be yourself - don't think of other caregivers or patients as doing a 'better' job, don't compare. Play to your own strengths as individuals, and as a caregiver-patient team.
- Don't grasp at far-fetched solutions - the preacher who offers his own unique miracle cures can do more harm than good if the cure doesn't take, and the apricot-pit cancer treatment that's hyped on the Internet can distract you from remedies that may really help. (This is what killed Steve McQueen at least months before his time.)
- Don't give up. When there's a setback or a deterioration in condition, don't say, "I knew this was coming!" Giving voice to negativity reinforces despair, and the best weapon you have is hope.
What do you think? Are these valid conclusions? What might you add?
I have another blog, "Starting The Day With Grace". The focus is a grace quote from someone you might not expect (like, say Mick Jagger) and a short commentary. I hope you'll join me.
Marley update... been moved to a sanctuary, and Bay County will revise their 'dangerous dog' codes.
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