As I watch the Olympic Games and relish in the parents’ joy of the success of their offspring, I am reminded that a parent does not have to have an Olympic athletic to relish in their child’s success.
I do not have Olympic athletics as children. In fact, my children excelled in lacrosse and horse back riding but won little for their performances. What they did win was love of the sport, love of the team members and love of the coaches. Butler excelled in swimming and lacrosse and Elaine was an excellent horse back rider. That said, was I proud of their accomplishments? Yes and continue to be more proud of their work ethic and the lessons they learned from being a team member.
There is more to winning. It is the team spirit, the love of the sport and the willingness to give all you have. It is about self-discipline, perseverance, and humility. I know you are thinking that humility is not part of winning but I think humility is a great part of sports. It is realizing what we need help with and ask for that assistance. I need your help. Four great words in the English language.
Butler and Elaine never went to the Olympics with their sports and learned much from the sports they participated in. They have a great work ethic, can communicate with others, are empathic, understand delayed gratification, know to learn from failure and move on, accept their flaws, and know how to face the consequences when they have done something wrong.
Think my children have won the gold medal in life. Congrats to Butler and Elaine.