Team Player

Look out, we’re coming on through
This time, we’re looking at you

We’ve got the power to be the best

The Knights will shine above the rest

The time has come to prove we’re number one
Our mighty Knight spirit (jump)
Will get the job done

Anyone who knows me well enough knows that I was a cheerleader in high school. I guess that is where I acquired my upbeat and optimistic attitude; from my short lived career as a cheerleader. To me it was a serious sport. I even wrote a paper in purple font on the significance of cheerleaders. Even as an adult I cheer people on despite their situation and try to offer a kind word of support. “If no one believes in you I do. You are awesome and unstoppable.”

Cheerleading was a huge part of my life in high school. Our cheerleading team was mediocre at best but we looked good, worked hard and were dedicated to cheering on our ball players. It was both an honor and a privilege to cheer on such a talented group, most whom have grown up to be responsible men. Being optimistic in the face of negativity is hard work. As cheerleaders, we cared about the overall well being of our players and they were like brothers to us. When we lost a game that would have allowed for an opportunity to go downstate we were devastated together and we felt the pain as a team. The wonderful thing about a team is that you are able to join in on the successes as well as the failures. You never abandon the team no matter what the situation looks like. That was the difficult part. It was tempting to point fingers when we were losing. You cannot do that when you are a part of team however, it is important that you stick together and come up with a solution and a strategy. If the strategy fails then you go back to the drawing board and plan another strategy. There was a comradeship and mutual respect among cheerleaders and players. We were an extension of the team and we played our position well.

The same type of teamwork exists in a relationship. Each person plays their position. If one person on the team is injured the other team members crowd around them and kneel in respect. When they arise from their injury, they are cheered and supported by the team. Relationships function a lot like a team; they require that each person plays their position and makes sacrifices on behalf of the team. You wouldn’t find a player going to the hoop and making a basket unless it benefited the team as a whole. He or she is supposed to play their appointed position. In a relationship it is also important that each team member knows the other team members’ strengths and weaknesses. That is all part of what makes a good team, complimenting each others’ shortcomings. Being a team player is not easy, but you are more likely to succeed at the game of life when you are a member of a strong team.

“Keep away from people that belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great, make you feel that you too can become great.”
Mark Twain

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