Posted by: David D. Daggett | November 29, 2010

The Home Team

The Home Team      

        Whose side are you on? Does your loyalty show? And, does the object of your loyalty know and feel it? Perhaps our loyalty is most obvious when we cheer for the home team.

The Home Team - Wake Forest Coach Jim Grobe

        Our “Home Team” is the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. They went into the Thanksgiving weekend and the last game of the year with the nation’s longest losing streak. We were excited to pull out a win against Vanderbilt so that the team can go into the off season on a positive note, and with a sense of optimism as the rebuilding continues for next year.

        Triathletes are a loyal group. We support and encourage each other. We share, we teach, and we wish the best for each other. And, how about the volunteers – they are loyal to us and to the sport.

       Loyalty is a powerful force. Perhaps in sports is where it appears most visible. Moreover, loyalty is a powerful force in our religious organizations, in our families, and at work. Loyalty can make the whole greater than the sum of the parts. Conversely, lack of loyalty is a destructive and divisive force that zaps our energy and dooms our efforts on the road to success.

       Where do we lend our encouragement and support? Loyalty is earned. When it comes to loyalty, actions speak louder than words, so you have to let it show. Work hard, and let it show. Cheer loud and cheer hard. Give and expect excellence. Let them know whose side you are on.

       Loyalty is a positive paradox. When we put the interests of others above our self interest, loyalty comes back to us. When we are loyal to others, they are loyal to us. When they are loyal to us, we do better ourselves.

       Always pull for the home team – win or lose, good years and bad – always let them know which side you are on and pull hard.

On the home team,

David

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