Do-Overs: Why Don’t We Take Advantage of Them?

Do you know what a do-over is? When I was a kid playing baseball in pick-up games throughout my neighborhood, we would often make mistakes in the game. When the mistake would happen, we would come up with some sort of an excuse and then proclaim a do-over.

For example: Strike three would happen and you might say, “Sweat rolled into my eyes; I couldn’t see. I want a do over on the third strike.” Maybe something like, “A bug flew up my nose as I was about ready to hit the ball. I need a do-over.” You probably get the picture. In golf they call it a mulligan, but unless you are in a very informal game, taking a mulligan is an embarrassing and pride-hurting step towards funding the end-of-round celebrations at the 19th hole. What about in life and current events though? Do we take do-overs? Do we take a mulligan? Maybe we should ask the Commander-in-Chief about the mulligan since he seems to spend a lot of time on the golf course.

Some of you are saying “yeah I did a do-over when I got a divorce,” and that is not exactly what I am talking about. I am not talking about removing a portion of your life and replacing it with something new. I am talking about stopping where we are, taking a step back, and swinging for the fence with all our gusto to get the same thing right on the second try.

Do-Over SideThink of it like when the 10mm handgun cartridge came out in 1983. It was significant in its development and initial acceptance, and was even adopted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1989, but was soon decommissioned and removed from use for average agents because of the power and force of the cartridge. It was subsequently re-engineered and developed into a variation that became known as the .40 Smith and Wesson cartridge. Today, the .40 S&W is one of the most popular calibers in existence and is the most popular round in use by law enforcement agencies across America, including the FBI. The 10mm cartridge got a do-over and hit a home run, if not a grand slam.

What about the other instances in life? There are Monday morning quarterbacks in every area of life. Why, even parishioners “Monday morning quarterback” the pastor’s sermon from Sunday, so there is the criticism that would lead most all of us to do something over. In fact, doing something over is not shameful or embarrassing, or even the result of a mistake. No, sometimes we learn from what we have experienced or what we have done and the resulting do-over is the best possible scenario for life. As the father of three children, I like to believe that there are things that I did with our first child that I did differently with the younger two. I got a do-over to improve and become a better, more effective father and role model.

I wish that our leaders in government on every level: local, state, and federal would do the same thing. I wish they would learn and do some things differently for the improvement and advancement of American society. I am willing to give them a do over as long as they are willing to admit that they don’t know everything and that they need the do-over; I could live with that.

I believe it was Rick Warren who said it, but I cannot verify whether it was originally his, “Someone who says, looking back on life, that they would not change anything, is wrong, in fact even ignorant, because if they would not change anything then they did not learn anything.”

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.

Bergen Mease

Author, baseball fan, Florida State University Seminoles sports nut, Gulf Coast native usually somewhere with his feet in the sand.

Those are just a few things that could generally describe Bergen Mease. However, more importantly he is a Believer in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. He is a patriot of the United States of America that comes from a US Navy family. He lives with his wife and children, whom they are raising with conservative leanings. He served as a law enforcement officer and more recently as a law enforcement and emergency services Chaplain. His mission is to write about topics that will make everyone think about how they treat others both personally and professionally.
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