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A Real Winner
The birth of a boy – the beginning of a man,
Will he ever achieve what his Dad thinks he can?
Relying on Mom wanting only to hug her
A winner, a loser, or a common shoulder shrugger.
A winner goes forth with goals all too clear
With desire in his heart, and complaints no one can hear.
When he wins – he is gracious – so proud but humble.
If he loses by chance, you’ll not hear him grumble.
Asked why, at a loss, he’ll look you square in the eye
Put his hands on his hips and hold back every cry.
“We tried all the way from whistle to gun,
The scoreboard says no, but in our hearts we still won.”
“We’ll bounce back for sure, on that you can bet,
We’ll try even harder, you’ve seen nothing yet.”
He vibrates with power, his friends condescend
He lives in a way it’s his nature to win.
A loser is different, his goals are unclear,
His desire is so small, he complains all in fear.
He brags and he boasts, all glory his claim,
When he loses, he cries and gives others the blame.
Asked why at a loss, looking down, talking loose,
He’ll always now why – he has an excuse.
His team always losing, he knows every reason,
Alibi witnessed, he’ll wait till next season.
Then there’s the shrugger, he’s different yet,
Playing only for fun, never worked a sweat.
He never tries hard, it’s not worth the strife,
Win a few, lose a few, oh well now, that’s life.
And what will you be little man frail with youth?
Winner, loser, or a shrugger, time will soon tell the truth.
I know Mom and Dad will be glad in relief
When they see in your eyes that look of belief.
Believe in your parents, your coaches, your dreams,
and let Christ’s shining light guide your life with its beams.
Thank him oft for his gift to each one – a poor sinner,
He went through a lot to make you a real winner.
It’s my wish this day as the older you grow
That you’ll think of these words for always to know,
And someday I pray they will say at the end,
You lived in a way, ’twas your nature to Win.
— The Old Coach
(Dedicated to every boy) 9/22/75
“ Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
William Faulkner (1897–1962)
“ A lot of what we ascribe to luck is not luck at all. It’s seizing the day and accepting responsibility for your future.”
Howard Schultz (1953 – )
American businessman, chairman of Starbucks
“ Content yourself with doing, leave the talking to others.”
Baltasar Gracián (1601-1658)
Spanish priest and writer
“ Never stop because you are afraid – you are never so likely to be wrong.”
Fridtjof Nansen (1861–1930)
Nobel Prize winner