A classic song by Bob Marley and one England have seen unfolding in recent weeks, when the unheralded and unsung Gareth Southgate and his 23 men surpassed all expectations to reach a World Cup semi-final.
There’s been much written about Gareth Southgate – his consoling hug for a Colombian player, his waistcoats, his grace under pressure, but, for him and England, something truly redemptive happened.
22 years ago, Southgate missed a penalty in the semi-final shoot out against Germany.
Imagine how that would weigh on your mind?
Watch it here:
Fast forward to this summer and Southgate, now manager, offers redemption:
My point is this.
We can all be mired in failure, we can allow past defeats to destroy us (I should know with the educational scab I kept picking manically) or we can use experience to improve.
Southgate was distraught after the drama of 1996:
But look at him now.
The mind can recover with time and help.