Greener BeeGreen ElectronicsGosse: The power of encouragement is amazing

Have you noticed it’s become more challenging to reach out to someone and say ‘Hi?’

How often do you try at the grocery store, and you don’t even get a grunt in return?

How many times have you held the door for someone, and you get nary an acknowledgement?

Have you noticed how much easier it is to unscrupulously and irresponsibly complain through our electronics?

As a result, we seem to be more siloed in our lives, making it more difficult to encourage our fellow man.

Does it mean we stop trying? Absolutely not.

What is the simplest form of encouragement that has existed in life and in sports for a long time?

The handshake.

There are many theories as to when the handshake began, or what it was originally intended for. Nonetheless, it has evolved to be a gesture of encouragement in the form of the hand slap, high five, butt slap and even the body bump.

There are few functions we perform that are more important than keeping hope alive. Nothing can lift someone up faster than acknowledgement and encouragement for a good try. It indicates someone’s effort was noticed and appreciated.

When I was a Marquette University basketball walk-on, I relished the daily scrimmages we’d have to finish our practices.

Our assistant coaches, Rick Majerus and Ric Cobb, would lead the two evenly divided teams while Coach Raymonds would stroll around the court, observing from a distance.

Coach Majerus was one of the best storytellers I’ve ever known and a blast to go out with for pizza, but when you stepped on the court he was all business and reserved with his praise – especially to walk-ons.

Therefore, when I walked off the court after a scrimmage and he extended his hand to me in a congratulatory manner, I knew without a doubt I had done a good job that day.

The power of encouragement, especially through a handshake, is amazing.

Life can be quite challenging, not even to mention in sports, but in order for us to keep fighting the good fight, we need encouragement.

At the next basketball game you attend, or watch on TV, see if the substitute player coming in slaps hands with the replaced player. Some may think it’s only symbolic, but I think it can be quite uplifting to the player going out.

It’s like saying, “Hey, good job. Take a well-deserved rest. I’ve got it from here for awhile.”

When we see someone in the store or on the street, instead of scowling or being all about staying to ourselves, try smiling and offering a greeting to the next person you meet – maybe even extending a hand.

I’d wait with the high five, butt slap or body bump until you know a person better, but it doesn’t mean we can’t reach out to someone and try to lift them up for that moment and that day.

It should make them feel good, and it’ll definitely make you feel good.

Bill Gosse writes a youth sportsmanship column for Press-Gazette Media. Email him at bgosse23@gmail.com.

Article source: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/2016/01/01/gosse-power-encouragement-amazing/77601896/


Comments

Gosse: The power of encouragement is amazing — No Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *