Taking Shots

by Patrick McNerthney

You may not know this, but Steph Curry is a phenomenal professional basketball player. 

I almost was. I could have gone pro if it wasn’t for this old NFL injury and the fact that I can’t dribble, jump, or run the full length of a basketball court without taking a few Gatorade breaks.

(That’s my kind of basketball)

But Steph? He’s really good. He’s won three NBA Championships with the Golden State Warriors. Granted, at that time they were a team with such bizarre amounts of talent (I won’t get into that here, I promise, but for example: Steph’s team members included Kevin Durant and Draymond Green) it seemed unfair – they were like a video game team – but regardless, he’s great. 

And he’s still playing. Soon he faces off against the Lakers for an NBA “play-in” game, which basically determines seeding for the playoffs. (Late breaking update: Steph and the Warriors lost, thanks to a late 3-point shot by LeBron James.)

2015, 2017, 2018. Those are the years of Steph’s championships. Three to six years ago now. 

Throughout that timespan Steph kept taking shots, obviously making quite a few. Since then, he’s continued to take shots, and based on the lack of ensuing championships, it seems he hasn’t made as many. 

So here’s the thing: Steph Curry misses a lot. But his coaches and teammates don’t ask him to stop just because he misses. No way. They know he’s not going to succeed every time. Heck, he might even go through a slump. But that’s just it, you go through a slump; you don’t end your career in one. 

And to get to where he is now, to even have the opportunity to go through a slump, requires constant shooting. 

The same rules apply to our lives. The point isn’t to always be right, successful, or even have things work out the way we hoped

         (Part of the fun is waiting for what happens next.)

The point is to keep taking shots. That’s the only thing that matters. That’s what makes champions. Or, in our case, that’s how we help those who don’t have the ability to care for themselves. 

Fine Art Miracles wants to give you the chance to take a few shots that may very well improve the lives of the elderly, children with challenges and adults with varying abilities, that you watch over. You help them by giving them opportunities to take a shot at Art Therapy, Music Therapy, and Dance & Movement sessions, so your loved ones can relieve tension, express mastery, connect with each other, feel relevant, and realize they can still impact the world around them. 

Please reach out and let us know if you have any questions. There’s magic in simply making, and if you give Fine Art Miracles a shot, you could wind up a champion! You’re not going to succeed every time, but how will you really know unless you try? 

Speaking of which, I just got invited to a pick-up game at the park down the street. Luckily it’s a half-court situation – which means I should get twice the Gatorade breaks…