Perspective is one of those things that everybody claims to have, but which frequently seems lacking as soon as something goes against form, or what we deem form to be.
The Broncos are 6-2, and we could make a laundry list of things that have not gone right the past two weeks, of things that need to be improved dramatically, or a little.
OK, fine, no disagreement there.
But let’s consider:
We knew we had a schedule, and that it consisted of 16 games. This is something we all knew, as well as knowing that we would not play all 16 games at once, but instead playing them the very traditional one at a time. Everything is one at a time. Every single thing.
The tallest person grew a fraction of an inch at a time. The heaviest person took one bite at a time—a lot of them, perhaps, but all one at a time (you ever try to shove more than onr fork in your mouth at the same time? Didn’t think so).
So at the halfway point of the season, we are 6-2. Not many but the greatest of loyalists would have expected better, or more.
Now, it is a given that we all are real happy with a win, regardless of who we beat, and very disappointed with a loss, again regardless of who the winner was.
But beyond that, and let’s be reasonable here, did we somehow think the Ravens would be an easy team to beat in Baltimore, coming off three straight losses?
How about the Steelers? Does their sixth world championship not sort of tell us they might be a real tough opponent on Monday night football?
You have to look at the whole picture, all the time. Very tough to do, but that’s the challenge.
The Broncos are 6-2, and there is some part of that with which we are not happy. But……is there some part of that with which we ARE happy, like say, the six wins?
The last I looked, Cincinnati and New England and Dallas are first place teams, and Denver beat all of them. The Chargers would be a first place team, except…….they lost to Denver at home, on Monday night football, in a game they were desperate to win. That’s four of the Broncos’ six wins, and I defy anyone to say those four teams are not quality teams.
So, from here on, you just keep playing. No matter what, there is a game next week, and no matter how giddy or miserable you are, you have to get ready for it because preparation is the only way you can give yourself a chance to win, to get to the happy place.
Am I saying we should overlook errors or disappointing play? No, of course not, but as hard as it is to get our hands around the greased pig of perspective, we have to grab it and hold on.
Only with perspective can you see things clearly.
Big game this week, another opportunity to reach the happy place.