(Warning: the following blog contains more flapdoodle [screwy hooey] from Lao Du. PPP is not responsible for the inanities contained below.)
Losing a close match can change your life for the worse. It’s like a death. Pure despair. Although losing is a part of life – and after all, we can’t win all of the time – it’s very painful. So, how do we respond to these losses? How do we grieve?
Well, for sure, there are many ways to grieve and, indeed, many paths to recovery. Me? I just roll up into the old fetal position and bawl like a baby. Hey, works for me. We’re talking crying your guts out. Lotta tears. I try to do this in private, as you could readily understand how embarrassing it would be to see an old shnook crying right there at ping pong table # 3 in the big hall. And, then, after the crying transforms to weeping, and the weeping to intermittent sobs, I stop playing ping pong. That’s right! Maybe for a few weeks or a couple of months. Maybe a year. And, then, you know what? I’m feeling great. As I said, works for me.
But then you have your stoics who remain dry … and approach it in what might be regarded as a more mature response to adversity. These guys (and gals) have obviously been instructed by their shrinkologists to manage life’s challenges – the sadness and sorrows – with something they’d call more positive. The shrinkapoos provide these loser patients with cognitive therapy (an intellectually appealing way of fooling the loser into thinking he can make sweet lemonade from sour lemons). And they also use relaxation therapy and other various sorcerous means to reduce the stress of their ping pong defeats. I mean they’ve got machines with bio feedback and brain stimulation – the whole megillah. (All well and good, but my way is less expensive. Lao Du)
Of course, there’s a lot more. For more information on how to handle ping pong grief, we’ll send you your own personal copy of Overcoming Ping Pong Tribulations for only 3 easy payments of $43.99. Act now and you’ll also receive an autographed free photo of Lao Du in the fetal position. Please include 3.99 for shipping and handling.