There's been a lot of sports news in the world recently that, to be honest, has been extremely deflating. Over the course of the last two weeks, sports fans have gone through:
- Heisman hopeful being duped into thinking he had a girlfriend...then duping US into believing it.
- American icon, cycling legend and a symbol of hope for millions of cancer survivors admitting he took performance-enhancing drugs (though still hesitant to reveal the entire truth).
- Elite and once thought to be future baseball Hall of Famers linked to more PED doctors (alleged).
- Another future NFL Hall of Famer consuming deer antlers, which contain banned substances, for a chemical edge (alleged).
If you want to read up on more of what I just highlighted then feel free to hit up Google or ESPN...it's on an endless loop.
I don't want to mention these people by names because quite frankly, I'm sick of talking about it. The amount of negativity the media covers on a daily basis makes me question where we are as a society. How can a human with any decency lie about having Leukemia? It still baffles me, as I'm sure it does you.
The rest of this blog isn't about what's WRONG with us humans, it's about what's RIGHT. The "no news is good news" mantra that has plagued the media is an epidemic with no end in sight. As a result, it leaves the individual to seek out the good news if they don't feel like leaving the office or school in a depressed state...so here I am!
|Brenda and I hangin with her silver medal!|
The purpose of this is to not simply rattle off personal experiences, but to serve as a reminder to myself that despite the horrible news that's currently out there, I still have the faith people are generally good. When you wake up in the morning, do you ask yourself "What can I do to make the world worse?" No, you don't. Sure mistakes are made, but most strive to use those mistakes to become a better person.
So take a moment to reflect on some of the good things you've heard and experienced over the last two weeks, and smile. Get your volleyball team together and help sort food at a local food pantry. Instead of worrying about the bad teammate that causes on and off-the-court problems, focus on the true leaders of the team that's doing it the right way. The more attention we focus on those positive things, the more positive our world will become.
While we can't ignore all of the bad in today's world, we can certainly spend more time on the good. Sport provides us an avenue to explore our goodness, and instead of wasting it away with lying, cheating and disdain for others, let's use it in a positive way. The hones is also on us to help spread the word of goodness, and making someone's day just a little better is the reason I feel we are all put on this earth.
So if you see someone out there making news in a positive light, post it to our Facebook page, send us a tweet @AVCAVolleyball, and shoot me an email at David.Portney@avca.org... and we'll help spread the word!
It's a tremendous responsibility to spread goodness, but I'm up for the challenge...are you?