Remember who passed you the ball

Legendary college basketball coach Dean Smith preached to his players who scored to acknowledge the player that passed them the ball. Think about why that is important in a team game.

It can also apply to everyday life. So, at this holiday time, let’s acknowledge those who pass us the ball. Or, we could honor them by paying their kindness or help forward. Here are a few random thoughts.

Let’s start with teachers, who do not get paid near enough to do the many things they have to do. Parents should not expect perfection, but hope they have teachers who care and can reach the hearts and minds of their students. They deserve thanks.

Let’s move on to healthcare workers who tend to the basic need of patients whether it is at a hospital or long term care facility. They are not paid a King’s ransom to put up with people’s s**t, literarally and figuratively. Yes, we want our loved ones taken care of, but we should put what these folks do in perspective and offer them some appreciation.

Wait staff in restaurants are not on any highest paid lists. No question, we should want good service in a restaurant, as we are spending our hard earned monies. Being a waitress or waiter is hard work, especially when someone does not show-up and people have to cover for them. But, two golden things might help us all – that golden rule is one, while the other is honey. Treating service people with dignity and as a person, will improve your service.

I picked these examples as we seem to live in a world where people are more demanding and less kind to service providers. Of course, we should want good service, yet we could do ourselves and others a favor to understand the context. Acknowledge those passing the ball. It would be a nice birthday present to the guy who said that golden rule thing.

5 thoughts on “Remember who passed you the ball

  1. Note to Readers: I remember a memorable scene from a movie where the lead was being interviewed for a job in a restaurant. The interviewer made an apparently lucrative offer on the napkin. Shortly, a waitress had an accident and the interviewer gave her one of the most insulting dressing downs I have seen. The man offered the lucrative job declined based on witnessing how his prospective boss treated someone. This episode sticks with me to this a day.

  2. Dear Keith,

    If I see someone mistreating any of the folks you mentioned, that is someone I’ll avoid like the plague. When I was dating, and a gentleman did not tip graciously, he didn’t get a second look.

    Hugs, Gronda

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