When you think of the term ‘champion’, what or who do you think of?
Usually, it’s a word associated with a sportsperson. Usually that sportsperson has achieved something great. Usually the thing that they have achieved is winning an important game, tournament or match.
Most often, ‘champion’ refers to someone who has won something.
However, if you have kids, you’ve probably called them champions as well, even if they haven’t won or performed well in their chosen sport.
This week, both my kids played in basketball Grand Finals.
My son’s game had some significance attached to it because it was the very last game he would play for his school, as he is heading off to high school next year. You can imagine that all the boys were keen for a win — to go out on a high.
Alas, the game didn’t go to plan and they lost 12-31. Not exactly a close game. While there were no tears, there was a fair bit of disappointment from the boys. Like them, the opposition were keen for a win as it was their last time to play for their school. Put simply, the other team played better on the night and our boys finished runners-up for the season.
Understandably, my son was disappointed. And then my daughter presented him with this note:
After reading it, my son smiled and said “Thanks, Laura”.
Fast forward to later in the week and it was my daughter’s turn to play in her Grand Final. It was a close game (that involved many ‘dodgy’ calls against our team), but with two seconds to go the score was 6-6. Then the other team was awarded two ‘free throws’. The clock stopped and we held our breath. The first shot missed. Phew! Then, the second shot went in!
We couldn’t believe it. We lost the game by 1 point in the last 2 seconds! Once again, our team was disappointed. But being 9-year old girls, there were tears this time. Oh dear.
Following on from his sister’s lead earlier in the week, my son presented my daughter with a note of her own.
She too smiled when she read it.
While it’s really nice to win, what makes you a champion is how you play the game. Do you give it your best? Are you committed to the team? Do you strive to improve each week? Are you gracious when you win? Can you bounce back when you don’t?
While my two kids didn’t ‘win’ their matches this week, they still earned the right to be called ‘champions’.
If you liked this blog post, you might like to read The rules of winning.
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