Don’t Lose the Ball in the Lights and other Life Lessons from Sports is the first in the Home Grown Wisdom Series. Presented in short, devotion style chapters, the book sends the reader on a journey of learning, self-examination and self-improvement. Each chapter is based on a sports themed story – ranging from basketball to bowling, lacrosse to skiing, dance to gymnastic, and many other sports in between – and covering a wide range of levels – from little league, through high school and college, and into Olympic and professional sports. Each chapter ends with an invitation to consider and self-reflect and leaves the reader a little wiser after each day of reading.
Suzanne Detar is an award-winning writer, athlete, and newspaper publisher in Charleston, South Carolina.
Don’t Lose the Ball in the Lights and Other Life Lessons from Sports is the first in Sue’s Home Grown Wisdom Series. The next book in the series, Be Goofy, has a planned 2019 release.
Sue graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1991, where she served on the editorial staff of the Law Review.
Although she maintains her law licenses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and South Carolina, Sue retired from the practice of law in 1997. She served as an adjunct professor of political science at Charleston Southern University from 2002 to 2003. In 2003, she birthed a weekly newspaper on Daniel Island, SC. Now in its 14th year, The Daniel Island News continues to thrive, winning many writing, photography, advertising and design awards each year.
Sue earned eight Division I varsity letters from Lafayette College in field hockey and lacrosse. She was instrumental in starting two successful youth sports programs in her community – a swim team and a middle school basketball program.
Learn more about the author, the Home Grown Wisdom Series, and other upcoming books by Sue at www.SuzanneDetar.com.
Research in the field of Sports psychology proves that visualization improves performance on the athletic field. In the chapter of the book titled "The Psychology of the Triangle," I use specific athletic examples of successful visualization in athletic endeavors to encourage the reader to put visualization into practice in their family and work lives as well. Whether practicing for the big game or for difficult life situations, imagining a positive outcome and how to achieve it will bring a measure of success and peace to our lives.
Don't Lose the Ball in the Lights and Other Life Lessons from Sports
More recently, it dawned on me that this same kind of sports imagery could be used to improve my attitude in all areas of my life. I began imagining how I would respond to the different stress-inducing situations in my life - the mess in the home office, the kids’ text messaging, missed deadlines, last-minute school projects, hurtful comments, delayed traffic, fighting siblings - and how I would like to respond. Instead of imagining myself getting angry and silent, which would often be the case, I imagined an even-keeled and level-headed response that would bring about a positive change or level of acceptance. After all, the only person we can change is ourselves. And as these situations presented themselves, as they always will in all our lives, I was able to respond as I practiced.