Are You Someone’s Hero?

True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost. Arthur Ashe, American professional tennis player.

Bobby Cox is an American former baseball third baseman and manager of the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays. He holds the all-time record for ejections in Major League Baseball with 158 plus an additional three post-season ejections. I recently heard about Cox from Molly Fletcher, the female version of Jerry McGuire. 

One might think Cox was ejected so many times because of his lack of disciple or anger but, according to Fletcher, Cox was always all about his players, never himself. His attitude was, “You matter more than me.” He was willing to be ejected on their behalf, defending what he thought was fair or stepping in between an umpire and his player if the player was on the edge of rejection. He is in the MLB Hall of Fame and was honored by a statue and retirement of his number 6. He continues to be much admired and a hero among athletes.

Affirmation: I aspire to be a hero

Coaching questions: Who is a hero in your life? Why? Who would consider you to be their hero? 

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Remember and Honor

If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate. Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 92 pilot, Jason Dahl

Yesterday, in the United States and elsewhere, we remembered the 2,977 people who were killed during the 9/11 coordinated terrorist attacks. The day is now also dedicated to community service which, I propose, we embrace everyday. 

I agree with President Obama who said, “Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that follows 9/11.”

Affirmation: I remember and honor through service.

Coaching questions: What is one small act of service or kindness you will provide to help reclaim the spirit of unity? How does your service/kindness enrich your life? 

Not A Dead Sea

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. Muhammad Ali, Professional boxer, activist, philanthropist

The Dead Sea is a salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and Palestine to the west. It is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. The Dead Sea receives beautiful fresh water from rivers and other sources but it has no outlet so no water passes out. With no outlet, the water in the sea goes dank, it goes bad. That’s why it is called The Dead Sea. It is dead because it receives but doesn’t give.

We are a part of nature just like the Dead Sea. As we receive, we must also give in order to not turn dank, shrivel up and die inside. In other words, generosity, caring for and about others is what gives us a joy-filled, healthy life. When we focus on ourselves…our own misfortunes, grief, slights, guilts, trials and tribulations…we lose the thread that attaches us to joy. We begin to unravel.

Affirmation: I find joy in giving.

Coaching questions: What keeps you from becoming a “dead sea?” What is one new way you can serve? What difference might it make in your life?