Day 27 – Competition
Last night Sarah and I took the boys to the Thanksgiving Day NFL game at Invesco Field (our daughter went to a sleepover, something that excites her more than football, plus getting 5 seats together is a pipe dream). The Denver Broncos knocked over the New York Giants, 26-6. It was a blast.
I’m thankful for healthy sport and competition. Competition drives us to excel and stretches our limited abilities into greatness. And I don’t mean the selfish “Me Me Me” attitude that is unfortunately commonplace in athletes these days. I speak of the greatness that inspires others to excellence and making a positive difference.
We’ve never forced our kids into sports, but we do encourage them to play. Besides the obvious benefit of physical activity, our children learn how to interact with others through competition.
They learn respect for coaches and referees (authority figures), maintaining control against the other team (those who oppose), how success requires the help of others (teamwork), how reaching goals requires positive aggression (taking action), and overcoming the agony of defeat (how to get up from a loss).
A multitude of life lessons can be learned from sports. It’s no surprise at the popularity of movies and books on the subject. Read any novel or watch any movie where the theme is football, baseball, basketball, hockey, etc., and the moral rarely revolves around the sport itself but overcoming a deeper life issue.
Movies like Rudy, Hoosiers, Hometown Legend, Remember the Titans, A League of Their Own, Miracle–competition invites us into a story of overcoming obstacles.
And we all love it.