Is Positive Thinking Always a Positive?


It’s common practice for my 8-year-old son to watch an enthralling sporting event on television and receive an adrenaline burst shortly thereafter. It’s a byproduct of getting wrapped up in the game to the point where he replays the action in his mind with a ball in hand, oftentimes drawing the ire of his mother for placing heirlooms, wine glasses and photos in harm’s way with a rubberized missile of sorts.

My son recreates the key plays in his mind, although he’s sure to insert his own person into the recall. What good is scoring on a last-second Hail Mary if someone else throws (and catches) the pass? Following the 30-minute postgame blitz, however, the play typically stops and my son ventures into some other activity. He plays sports and takes practices seriously, so the adrenaline-fueled replay would appear to encourage a return to the basics after the initial excitement. Some fundamental work in the driveway on layups or free throw shooting, or possibly some pass-and-catch in the yard.