Friday, April 13, 2012

The Weakest Player

My kids are into sports. All sports. They definitely have favorites, but I’m pretty sure they’d jump on any opportunity to learn a new one.

In all my years of watching them play soccer, basketball, softball, baseball, cheerleading, ice skating, and track, I’ve come to realize one fact. A team is only as strong as its weakest player. No matter how much that player is on the court or field, whenever they play, their weaknesses can handicap the entire team.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s a learning one. If a team is truly a team, other players will know to protect that weak spot, play harder to compensate for that handicap. No matter how good we are at something, we will always have weaknesses for which we depend upon the assistance of other team members.

My kids have determined that they don’t want to let their teams down, so they work extra hard, push themselves, and are constantly looking for new ways to improve.

I think this is true in any life situation, relationship, or working strategy. And there is always a way to learn more, work harder, improve.

Have you ever been the weakest player? What did you do to eliminate that weakness?


Jemi Fraser said...

One of the best reasons to put kids in sports is to have them learn all about teamwork. There is so much positivity to helping out the weaker links :)

Carolyn V said...

There have been areas when I am the weaker player. But I agree with you, working harder definitely helps.

L.T. Elliot said...

I can't even begin to count how often I've been the weak player--so let's just not do that.

I'm trying to learn how to overcome this weakness. I think I'm just a work-in-progress.

I love that your kids give their all--to themselves and to their team.

Nichole Giles said...

And such great rewards, Jemi, don't you think?

Carolyn and L.T., we are all the weakest link at some point. And sometimes we're the strongest. Cuz, you know, we're human. And that's the best thing we could be.