Remember “It’s not only winning or losing, how you Play the Game”
Whether you’re a baseball player, basketball player, equestrian, or involved in any sport. there are certain things that will help you, in various situations. For example, let’s say you’re an equestrian and you just won first place in a show. Should you gloat and brag to your friends about your success? I’d say that’s not the best plan. What should you do when you receive compliments? My advice is be humble. Smile and and say thank you. I believe in the old saying, “It’s not winning or losing that’s important, it’s how you play the game.”
Wouldn’t it be a good idea to be grateful that you won without being boastful? In other words, let others compliment you if they want and be gracious.Holly and Goldie jumping at home. Picture included in “My Life at Sweetbrier:
What about when you’ve worked really hard for a competition and things seem to spiral downhill from the start. Imagine your horse hates jumping in mud and you’re not enjoying splashing around the practice course. Your reins are slippery and you and your horse are soggy. The time for you you to jump finally arrives, but your horse slid into the last jump and managed to knock the rails down. It’s definitely not your best day. You’re feeling disappointed and even humiliated. But keep in mind better days are coming. Even the most famous talented athletes have days when they don’t play the game the way they want. The best thing you can do is try to put this experience out of your mind and get ready for the next event. Take a practice jump or two before the next class to restore your confidence.
When you learn good sportsmanship, you’re a winner, no matter what. You become a better person and you learn things from each experience that can help you succeed the next time. I think the test of a true champion is someone who can win or lose with grace. What do you think?
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