During the slow days of summer, your mind starts racing. You see things that happen, to you and to others, and you wonder, "What was the tipping point?"
Think about some things that have happened lately in the world of sports. What was the tipping point of the Miami Heat? Your first thought might be when LeBron James left Cleveland and signed with them. But think about it. The true tipping point may have been much earlier, when LeBron and Dwyane Wade became friends. Friends close enough to one day decide to play together. Or maybe... it was something else.
How about the Rangers being one of the best teams in baseball. What can you trace it back to. What was that tipping point? You may want to say the trade for Josh Hamilton. Or go back to Jon Daniels being named General Manager. Or Nolan Ryan becoming President of the team. But maybe you need to go back to before the 1989 season, when Nolan decided to play for the Rangers. And without that move, he might never had gone back to the team.
Tipping points are fun to think about. You have to look between lines. And if you start thinking about yourself, you have be very introspective.
What happened, good or bad, to get you where you are today. What seemed small at the time, but wound up being the "moment of critical mass" as author Malcolm Gladwell described the tipping point. Little things can cause large ripples later in life.
Me? A couple of decisions I made in high school about college, future careers, and even love, can be traced back to one thing when I think about it. If I'd made a different decision at the age of 14, I might be in a completely different place today.
My tipping point led me to Austin, to KVUE, and a great wife and kids. I hope you've been as lucky, but tipping points are also described as boiling points. I can think of decisions friends made that seemed so small at the time, but changed their lives forever.
Try it for yourself. You'll probably see that you had one or two tipping points that may have seemed inconsequential at the time, but wound up changing your life immensely. Hopefully, it was for the good.