Christmas has come and gone, Ryan Nelsen has retired and the Black Caps have been bowled out for 45 runs. It can't get much worse. So what have we got to look forward to? Let's delve a little deeper and see what light lies at the end of the tunnel.
So one of New Zealand's greatest footballing sons has retired from the All Whites. He's moving on to management - bigger and better things. Well, I say, good luck to him. He's been a great servant to the national squad and has brought an increased level of professionalism and a can-do attitude to the team. And with Winston Reid, his fellow international team-mate, captaining West Ham in a recent EPL game, we already have a groomed star to slip into his boots (pardon the pun).
Then we had the nightmare performance from the Black Caps versus South Africa.
All out for 45.
But think back to a recent test across the ditch against the Aussies, a memorable win by any international standard. And even more recently, an ODI series win in South Africa, the first win there since 1953, I believe.
Where am I going with this, you might ask - and right you are to ask. Well, what I see from these recent sporting stories is the wonderful "bigger picture outlook". Sometimes we only see what's right in front of us and base everything we aspire to or hope for on this.
But in reality, when we take a step back and look at the bigger picture, we can see things a little clearer. There might be people moving on at work, getting new jobs elsewhere or getting promoted, and sometimes our immediate reaction is, "Why haven't I got the promotion?" or "Why haven't I got the finger out and sought out a new role?"
Don't worry. As one door closes, another one opens. Imagine how Kim Dotcom felt not so long ago. House raided, assets frozen, locked up. And only last week he had a re-brand and re-launch of his Mega website that would make New Year's Eve on the Sydney Harbour Bridge look like a toddler's birthday party. What's past is past. The future is always bright and you can make of it what you want. So go get it.
Mark Doyle is client services manager for Shamrock Recruitment Group in Wellington, which caters to recruitment needs for both clients and candidates, and specialises in commercial and executive recruitment and psychometric assessment services. See www.srg.co.nz