When Spring arrives, whose thoughts don’t turn to baseball? Come on ~ Spring training is happening now and, on April 3, it’s Opening Day for the Giants, and I can’t wait!
The most important thing I’ve learned about baseball is that there has to be teamwork. My coach says that over and over again. She also quotes Babe Ruth: ”The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
Even though I’m not the best player since my body isn’t as flexible as the other guys on my team, I still know that what I do as part of the team brings us closer together and makes magic happen.
My coach keeps teaching me how to listen and follow through as to what is asked of me. I’m pretty good at listening, but there are times when I think I have a better idea. So, when I don’t agree with something, I’ll remember to be respectful when I let my coach know what I’m thinking. I may still have to do what my coach wants, but I did get to share my idea, and I know I was heard.
Being a good team player is also about being reliable. I’m not crazy about getting up really early, but I know how important it is to be on time to workouts and games so I don’t let my teammates down.
It’s also really great to know that the roll we play, whether it’s pitching, catching, outfield, or whatever, is valued. Being told that I’m doing a good job makes me work even harder to make my teammates and coach proud.
It’s not just on the field, you know, where being a good team player is important. At home, we also work as a team. My folks really stress us all pitching in and helping.
Like with dinner ~ Patti helps by washing the dishes. She says it’s similar to meditation, because the warm, soapy water relaxes her. Tricia likes everything to be really pretty, so she helps set the table and takes a lot of time, making sure it’s just right. Me, I’m called the sous chief. I help wash, cut, chop and get the vegetables and salad ready.
We all have our rolls, what we’re good at and what we enjoy, and it really makes for less arguing and tension in the house.
To break it down, here’s what I’ve learned about being a good team player:
- being a good listener;
- being reliable;
- being respectful of others and myself;
- being cooperative; and
- pointing out people’s value.
So, wait, I just thought of this ~ what if we used these concepts of how to work better as a team and brought them out even further than the field or at home and brought them into the world. What if this is how we were with other cultures, other countries, maybe, just maybe, we’d have a more peaceful world … just sayin.
It’s about pitching in together. Helen Keller said it best, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Those words are worth remembering on the field, at home or out in the world ~ working together can bring about great things!
What do you think? Is it possible to work together with cooperation and respect? Can we stop and really listen to someone else and value their ideas?
“People have been known
to achieve more as a result
of working with others
than against them.”
~ Dr. Allan Fromme