Literature

Life is a soccer game

The Chosen

Life's too short to focus on one bad moment.

Reuven's dad said, "I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of a life is nothing. But the man who lives that span is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant."

(Potok, 217)

The message I took out of this book is that I will make a mistake, in a game or life, but that they do not matter.
I learned that the little mistakes I dwell on in a game will not matter in the overall outcome.

That quote in particular hit me hard. For the past few months I have had panic/anxiety attacks over the future and of death. But within those few lines I felt as ease. I learned I am unable to control my future, just as I am unable to control the outcome of a game. I learned that if I try my best and perform to the best of my own ability, in a game, and act as an asset, I can put meaning into a game that seem unwinnable.


Tori Kasper  •  Potok, Chaim. The Chosen: A Novel. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1967. Print.