Here “ Pistol” Pete Maravich had just been inducted into the (Oklahoma City All Sports Association) All College Basketball Tournament Hall Of Fame, less than a week before his passing. Credit: RTC Photography, Richard T. Clifton
The great Pete Maravich said, “How can I be unhappy ? It is very simple. There are millions of people who have not found a sense of purpose and meaning. I am one of them. With all the trophies, awards and fame, I am not at peace with myself.”
Eight years later Pete said, “Ever since I was 7 years old people have been telling me the way of the world was to get as much as you can. Get, get, get. Once you get all the money, once you get all the power, you can now say ‘what a life’. I did that, but I was miserable.”
Prior to his death on January 5, 1988, the Pistol finally found his peace and said, “When I took God into my heart, it was the first true happiness I ever had. Seek pleasure and happiness and you’ll never find it. Have the wisdom to seek God and happiness will find you.”
One time in a conversation with Pete discussing how we have lost our moral compass, I told him a story that I think best depicts that. The first Webster’s Dictionary was printed in 1806 and it described success as prosperous, fortunate, happy and kind. Now success is described in dictionaries as attainment of wealth, fame, rank and power.
John Wooden, considered by many as the greatest coach to ever live, said, “There is only one kind of life that truly wins, and that is the one that places faith in the hands of the Savior. Until that is done, we are on an aimless course that runs in circles and goes nowhere.”
Life can be quite confusing at times and we will face temptations which can lead to anxiety, depression, fear, hopelessness and disappointments, but if we don’t shut God out, we will then, and only then, find peace, love, happiness and true success.