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The Hard Lesson

A drabble

‘A drabble is a short work of fiction of precisely one hundred words. The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space.’-https://en.m.wikipedia.org>wiki

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Every second is an opportunity to get better or to be bitter. The choice is always ours to choose. So, choose wisely.-Henery X

The Hard Lesson


2024, Henery X ©


The head coach of the team called their final timeout. With seven minutes to play in the game and his team down two scores, he had a decision to make.


“Peterson, you’re out,” the coach said sternly. He was talking to the starting quarterback.


Derrick Peterson had a stunned expression on his face. “But Dad, I’m our best option for winning this game.”


“In days gone by, I’d totally agree. Son, what you did earned you your position. What you’re doing will determine if you keep it or not. It should always be about being better than you were yesterday.”


We’re only as great as our last accomplishment. What helped us today, may hurt us tomorrow. Daily self-improvement should always be our personal goal.-Henery X

Most times we don’t see the blessing in certain situations until they’re a thing of our past and we reflect on them. Amid a storm, our primary concern is finding shelter. While in the shelter, we’re reminded of how it’s best to prepare for situations in advance.


In Derrick Peterson’s situation him relying on his skills of old got him pulled from the game. He didn’t see the need to improve his skill level because he had accomplished his goal of earning the starting quarterback position. His old way of doing things became predictable and this took him from being considered an asset, to being deemed a potential liability. Now he had to humble himself and watch from the sideline, with his father, as the backup quarterback attempted to win the game he could have possibly won.


Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge my offering.


Remember. I’m not here to convince you to believe. I’m here to offer you something else to consider.



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