Well, last Friday night was not what we expected. We knew Roswell was a great team and had one of the best defenses around, yet we didn't anticipate the game would end like it did. However, sometimes life throws you curveballs and you must take what it gives you, work hard to correct your mistakes, and learn from it, to experience growth. That was exactly our focus this week. Don't dwell on the failures and defeats from yesterday. Learn all you can from those failures and defeats and then use it to fuel the fire deep in your soul to become better, as a result of the misfortune you experienced.
As we do every week, we start off the week with a topic or life lesson from one of our coaches. Coach Mac spoke to our team earlier this week and spoke on the topic of Integrity. In our program we have six core values that we try to live by and teach our young men throughout the year, and integrity is certainly one of them. Coach Mac focused on our team's definition of integrity, and that is "to do the right thing at the right time, all the time." Coach Mac challenged our team in all phases of our lives. Here were some of his points:
1) Football – Integrity is not taking a play off, during practice, because your coach isn't looking at you. Integrity is making sure if you are in the weight room and the workout says to do 10 reps, even when a coach or your fellow teammate isn't watching you, you complete your reps. You do the right thing, at the right time, all the time.
2) School – Integrity is not giving in to the temptation to look at another classmate's test or quiz. Integrity is not copying off a friend's homework when you need to get the homework turned in. Integrity is being honest when you are asked a question by a friend, teacher, or administrator; even when you know the circumstances of your action may cause you shame or embarrassment. You do the right thing, at the right time, all the time.
3) Outside of School – Integrity is adhering to the rules that your parents or guardians have set in place to help and protect you. Integrity is not doing something you shouldn't do, when your parents go out of town. Integrity is doing the right thing, even when you don't suspect you will be caught or seen. Integrity is owning up to your own mistakes and not blaming someone else in the family. You do the right thing, at the right time, all the time.
Coach Mac did a fantastic job on this topic. I believe the value of being a person of integrity continues to decline in our society and I don't think it's an accident that our country continues to crumble from within. We all need a heavy dose of integrity. Coach Mac was very passionate in his message and I appreciated that. Our young men need to hear powerful messages like this. The difference in having integrity versus not having integrity WILL determine the future of your life.
How about you? Do you have integrity? Do you do the right thing, at the right time, all the time? Do you sneak around and try to hide something? Do you lie or try to fudge numbers at work to report back to your boss? I think at some point, we all struggle with things in life, but I firmly believe we can be a light and impact this world in such a positive way, if we make a commitment to live our lives on the principle of integrity.
For the third week in a row, we have had an excellent week of practice. I am so proud of these guys for continuing to work hard and not let obstacles impede their progress towards reaching their goals. This week we take on a county foe and we couldn't be any more excited about the chance to be back at Tommy Baker under the lights. Its been 5 weeks since we've played at home. That's way too long, but we are thrilled to be back home. We continue to believe we have the best fans, the best band, the best cheerleaders, and the best student section around. We need all of you to be here Friday night. The atmosphere will be unbelievable and will be the epitome of the term "Friday Night Lights." There's nothing like high school football in the fall. We look forward to seeing you there and thank you so much for your continued support. Go Warriors! #PTC18