Just some thoughts:
WEAR IT WELL
The other night as I sat in my living room I watched a young man who had some trouble “wearing something well.”
I was fortunate this past year to be privy to a locker room after a basketball game and heard a coach give some young men one of the best pieces of advice they might receive in their young lives.
The team had just won a big game against a rival school. They had played very well. The kids were all sitting down as the coach was walking among them telling them how pleased and proud he was of them. Often he called out a name for praise. But it was the last thing he said to them that stayed with me. “Ok guys, great game, I am so pleased, proud and happy for each of you. You all had a part in this game and success tonight. Now the last thing as you leave here tonight…wear this victory.” “Wear this victory well.” I think the kids got what he was saying.
This past week I watched as a college baseball player had some trouble doing that. The young man, a pitcher, was performing well. It was late in the game he had just struck out the last two batters he faced. His team was up two to one in the score. As he left the mound ending the inning walking to his team’s dugout for whatever reason he mouthed words and then gestured to the opposing crowd. Done in an arrogant manor. I came out of my seat as I watched in somewhat disbelief.
Needless to say the young man was having some difficulties in wearing his success well. Also, not smart. The opposing team at their next bats rallied from behind and ended up winning the game. The announcers felt the young man’s actions could have factored into the team rallying and victory. The gesturing pitcher’s team this lost ended their season and chances in the tournament.
One would hope that the young man learned a lesson in “wearing success.” Handling success can often be an issue for many. But all could profit by remembering the coach in the locker telling his players as they left “wear this well.”
June 28, 2019
Posted June 25, 2019