WHY NOT EVERYDAY?

TGIM!  THANK GOD IT’S MONDAY.

A few nuggets were uncovered over the last few days, that I wanted to share with you all.

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Why not every day?  Why can’t we treat our family like we do on Christmas?   Why can’t we treat our veterans like we do on veterans day?  Our moms and dads on their day?  Why can’t we love our nation like we do on July 4th?   Why can’t we be thankful like we are on Thanksgiving?   Why can’t we love our Lord like we do on Easter?   It’s a choice.  We CHOOSE to do these things on “special” days.  Make every day special!

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This is really amazing.  The best coaches in the world, and Pat Summit was certainly one of them, seem to figure it out along the way.  It’s about sports but so much more.  Coach Summit recently past away; she was the Tennessee Volunteer basketball coach for decades.  Her player Sheila Collins saved a letter the coach wrote to her just prior to her first game in 1982 for the Vols.  Sheila shared it with Sally Jenkins and that letter was posted in the Washington Post recently. 

Shelia, This is your first game. I hope you win for your sake, not mine. Because winning’s nice. It’s a good feeling. Like the whole world is yours. But it passes, this feeling. And what lasts is what you’ve learned. And what you’ve learned about is — life. That’s what sport is all about — life!

The whole thing is played out in an afternoon. The happiness of life, the miseries, the joys, the heartbreaks. There’s no telling what will turn up. There’s no telling how you’ll do. You might be a hero. Or you might be absolutely nothing.

There’s just no telling. Too much depends on chance, on how the ball bounces.

I’m not talking about the game. I’m talking about life. But it’s life that the game is all about. Just as I said, every game is life, and life is a game. A serious one. Dead serious. But here’s what you do with serious things. You do your best. You take what comes.

You take what comes and you run with it.

Winning is fun . . . Sure.

But winning is not the point.

Wanting to win is the point.

Not giving up is the point.

Never letting up is the point.

Never being satisfied with what you’ve done is the point.

The game is never over. No matter what the scoreboard reads, or what the referee says, it doesn’t end when you come off the court.

The secret of the game is in doing your best. To persist and endure, “to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”

I’m proud to be your Coach,

Pat Head Summitt

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A Jon Gordonism to focus on this week:

Positive leaders:

-Are optimistic about the future

-Believe in their team

-Embrace challenges

-Grow from failure

-Keep moving forward

– Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Our mission is to be a supplier of others happiness.  I hope this little post did just that.

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