Monday, February 25, 2013

More On The Moments

What do you do when you face tough times?  One of the beauties of participating in athletics and activities is that it helps to prepare of us for real life.  Yes, getting a good education is crucial and we must do our best in the classroom during the 8 period day, but I believe that what we do after the 3:20 bell rings helps to prepare us even more for life's classroom.

John Wooden, arguably the best head coach of all time was a master communicator (an English major) and believed that sports helped to build people and that was it's major purpose.  For those who may not be familiar with Coach Wooden I've included a clip that was made after his death in 2010.

Three of my favorite John Wooden quotes are:

"Sports don't build character, they reveal it".

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are".

"There is more value in the journey than in the victory itself".

I mentioned last week that what I like most about what I've done the last 29 years are the "moments".  The moments come in the midst of the journey.  I've personally been blessed with so many it's hard to even remember the tough times.

Here's my challenge to you:

If you participate in athletics and activities as a student think about the journey you go on through a season.  You may have won championships or even endured tough seasons without a lot of victories, but think about the experiences you had with your teammates, the laughs, the crazy moments that are etched in your mind that maybe only those that were there know about or appreciate.  You may even think of some sad moments that are important to you because of a special bond with someone on your team or in your group.  Those memories happened on the journey and help to define who you become.

Coaches and Sponsors, think about some of the journeys you've been on with different teams or groups.  Think of those success stories that you've experienced and the memories that you've been able to help create and you enjoy even to this day.

All for now.  Enjoy the week.  Hope you create more memories.


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