In this game of life, the “fouls” will come. You can mouth off, pout, scream at the refs, punch out your opponent, or just flat out storm out of the arena and quit….OR you can play through the foul, score the basket and get a trip to the free throw line – a relative reward for your perseverance, composure and courage in the face of adversity. It’s your choice, Player!

Welcome to Verasvoice@wordpress.com!  Who fouled you today?  Better yet, how do you plan to play through it.  Your voice matters, I’d love to hear from you.

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9 Comments on “In this game of life, the “fouls” will come. You can mouth off, pout, scream at the refs, punch out your opponent, or just flat out storm out of the arena and quit….OR you can play through the foul, score the basket and get a trip to the free throw line – a relative reward for your perseverance, composure and courage in the face of adversity. It’s your choice, Player!”

  1. Jan Says:

    I agree. Sometimes we get caught up in the moment and allow our emotions to get the best of us. How many times has a referee changed a call? NEVER, so move on and play through the foul.

  2. David Wanika Says:

    Vera,

    So wonderful to see you have posted here on WordPress. I have added you to my Google Reader and will follow along as you post more entries on your blog! CONGRATS!

    Dave

    • coachvjones Says:

      David,

      Thanks for checking us out at Play Through the Foul….We we’re still new to some things and figuring things out….I guess these are our “fouls” at the moment. but thank you for all your assistance helping us to move out of our cave and into the “technological age of mass communication!” More blogs to come in the future. They say build it and they will come….we shall see soon enough I suppose. Take care! V

  3. Kim Lambert Says:

    Inspiring as usual…but that is what you DO! I have so many ‘fouls’ in my life and it’s amazing how we can overcome them when we ‘choose’ to. One day I’ll tell you my story. You won’t even believe it!

    Who has time to fret on the bad when there is so much success out there to be had. It’s not free, we have to work hard for it, but as you said…go out and build it and THEY WILL COME!

    Get’em Girl! Wishing you much success!

    Kim Lambert

    • coachvjones Says:

      Kim,

      I look forward to hearing that story, girl! (You know I’m a writer and I eat good stories like warm donuts with coffee!) I am convinced that our “Fouls” exist not only to grow us in character, but to be a lesson to others how they might grow as well. So by all means, share your story, you never know how your fouls – and how you played through them – become a “free throw” for somenone else to grow past their own pain. God bless!

  4. Jerry Says:

    As a retired referee, I was pleasantly surprised by your ‘play through the foul’ essay. I have officiated many girls games and prefer their tenacious style balanced with sense of fair play. Without sounding too critical, young men could learn something from the womens style of play. Such as demeanor, decorum, and common courtesy.

    God bless,
    Jerry Sinclair (retired FHSAA official)

  5. coachvjones Says:

    Jerry,

    If anyone can relate to the parallels of basketball and the “fouls” of life, it’s you man! Referees see the fouls and have to play the role as mediator and judge, while catching all the slings and arrows of disagreement with the call. You have my utmost respect! Your gender observations are noteworthy. I agree that girls and women may still hold the edge in terms of their sense of fair play, which is why when they do get out of hand, we are quick to note, “they are fighting like men!” Men or women, boys or girls, when we finally all learn to take the “I” out of “team,” we are likely to play a more fair, less flagrant game, both on and off the hardwood.

    V

  6. aNGELA aGNEW-bRAZELL Says:

    In my many years of playing ball middle school, high school and college. And my years of coaching at a Junior College level basketball has been my reference in the game of life on several ocassions. And your “play through the fouls!” HIT HOME. The ball can represent so many good things in life happiness, love, wealth, fruits of the spirit, joy, satisfaction, etc. And when someone sees you with it they want to take it away from you by hacking, hitting, tripping, stealing … “the foul”. And you are so right it’s how we play through that hard contact that life gives us when we have what it takes to score. May God continue to bless you in your teadhing and speaking into the lives of others who understand and appreciate the good outcome of “those” hard fouls of life. They are there to teach you a lesson or to teach others a lesson as they watch you… Be lifted my sista…AB

    • coachvjones Says:

      Angela,

      I have always known you as a strong woman who has played throught the foul! It is your not only your faith and perseverancece, but your laughter and ability to find humor in even the toughest situations that has afforded you so many blessings. Stay blessed my friend. Good luck coaching…on the floor and off!


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