But Will They be Better People??
Priorities. We all have them, some we want and others we need to stay afloat in today’s world. When it comes to kids, they become top priority, as they should. They are the future, the legacy, the next generation and the things that drive you crazy in the middle of the night but are still certainly worth it all. But how do you decide what’s most important for them to learn? How do you distinguish between all the activities, hobbies, events, etc., the ones which will have a positive impact on what we value most?
Character. I cannot stress it enough. A strong character and sense of self and purpose, at the end of the day, truly triumphs over all. No matter how talented, skilled or educated a child may be, without good character they lack the most fundamental aspect of all around success. Respect for themselves, others and society will have a child knowing their worth and the value of the world around them. A sense of dignity, grace and humility will have others respecting them and supporting them in whatever endeavours they may take on. Knowing when to be brave or confident and when to be cautious or humble will allow them to not be afraid to take risks and try new things, while still understanding the consequence of their actions and effect they have on those around them.
At the end of the day, parents want their kids to be successful, to thrive, to enjoy life and to see in it all that it is worth and the endless possibilities that lay before them. Why not equip the next generation with the tools needed to take on these exciting challenges with a keen and bold mentality, aware of the potential for greatness that each one possesses.
Golf is a great example of life’s situations as I have certainly become a believer. It comes down to just you at the end of the day. It certainly does not always go the way you want it to, or aim for. But whatever the result you play the ball from where it ends up. You play with integrity and honesty and others continue to want to play with you as well. And maybe just maybe, if you are focused and dedicated, you can achieve success.
-Inspired by book one of Coach Erin’s reading series, The Little Red Book by Harvey Penick
~ “Wilmer, I know you’ll make better players of your students in four years. But will they be better people? That’s the important thing.”