I may be guilty of going off piste here but an incident occurred this week that I want to share with you, which was a cautionary tale tell for me. Indulge me if you will. When I was seventeen, I attended The College Of North East London to do my A Levels. I had just started playing Basketball and had made the team. We were playing in a Basketball tournament and made the final. The coach who shall remain nameless, asked me to keep an eye on his bag. Miffed, I replied how could I given we we’re about to play a game. He insisted that I did, so I reluctantly obliged.
We lost the game. After which my coach asked me if I had watched his bag. Not really, I replied. To my astonishment he told me that someone had stolen his wallet which had seventy pounds in it and what was I going to do about it. Luckily my mum had always taught me to save so I was good for it. I never said a word to my mum on reflection I wish I did. That week I withdrew the money from my Abbey National savings account and gave it to him. That was thirty-one years ago.
I saw the aforementioned coach this week and bought this up. He was very flippant about the whole affair arguing that it was my assignment. He continued had it ever occurred to me that the same thing may of have happened to him and that he had a mortgage to pay. I let him know my thoughts without it culminating with me featuring on London Tonight that evening. What was shocking was that lack off ownership on his part and the extent to which he went to justifying his malevolence.
What I gleaned from this is the importance of seeing your part in whatever you do and owning it. What he did sits with him. If he’s comfortable beguiling adolescents for monetary purposes as Mr T aptly put it, I petty the fool. I have to see my role in the movie of my life. That role being one of virtue, self-awareness, courage, grit, authenticity, creativity and more.
And the winner is Hope.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.