Today I watched the video of the 1983 Wolfpak and their triumph over the Houston team. I am not a sports enthusiast and was tempted to skip the video. However, I respect Mark and followed his instructions. I am so glad that I did. It was really great to see the underdog triumph. But even more important for me was seeing the Coach carry his coaching principles into his everyday life. As one of his team said—he didn’t just talk the talk, but he walked the walk.The concepts of dream, hope and persistence are clearly evidenced in this team’s path to success.
This video reinforced for me the power of thought, hope and persistence. I am faced with a significant medical challenge in my family. My younger sister has been diagnosed with dementia and seems to be declining rapidly. I will try to share with her and her family these principles (love one another, persist and don’t give up, hope until the end) in a non-judgmental way. I also want to help them focus on the joys, and happiness that is available now. We can love my sister, let her know she is loved, and brighten her days with happy experiences. And, it is not over until the fat lady sings. Coach V’s comments about what he would be doing should death occur was an added incentive for me to focus on the ‘dash’. He left a dash that anyone could be proud of even though there were some negatives. But, who has a perfect life where nothing negative occurs or is said about them?
I look forward to continuing on this journey of self-discovery and have begun the first step.