Frigid: frig-id (adjective) intensely cold. Not to be confused with ‘frigged,' the misspelled version that I wrote in last week’s addition. I have been a bad speller my entire life and it is true that you learn something new every day. For me on Tuesday, it was how to spell frigid correctly.
The entire team is learning new things every day, not only at practice, but in our classrooms and lives. As a team we are reading "The Energy Bus," a book from the Wall Street Journal’s Bestseller List, written by Jon Gordon. The book is all about a man named George and his encounters with a woman named Joy, who helps George turn the negative energy in his life into positive energy. Joy has a set of rules to follow that fuel your life, work, and team with positive energy. Our team has hopped on the energy bus and is following Joy’s rules and implementing them into our lives and goals.
This week several members of the team, including myself were involved in a shuttle van accident, we were t-boned at an intersection by someone running a stop sign. We were greeted by the head of public safety, the athletic director, two fire trucks, two ambulances and three police cars. Needless to say we felt like royalty. There was a part of us that expected flowers to be waiting for us when we returned to our rooms...we think they were lost in delivery.
Like any traumatic experience, the accident made us stop and think about things in perspective. We realized the situation could have been much worse and we are blessed to have been uninjured in the collision. Reading "The Energy Bus" helped us realize that unfortunate situations are going to happen to everyone, but it is how we perceive them that leads to the positive outcomes.
As a team we plan to implement the lessons we are learning from the character Joy in "The Energy Bus" and we are hoping that with her helpful rules we will be able to be even more successful. This week our coaches asked us to pick out quotes either from the book or an outside source that we could relate to. Here are a few that were picked:
“A winner is a dreamer who never gives up,” – Nelson Mandela chosen by sophomore Taylor Giglio.
“Thoughts are magnetic. What we think about, we attract,” – "The Energy Bus" chosen by sophomore Cody Kucharski.
“I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot…When you think about the consequences you always think of negative results,” –Michael Jordan chose by junior Tori Greco.
Just keep re’LAXING,
P.S. If you are in the Syracuse area this weekend be sure to come out on Sunday, February 16 at 1 p.m. to watch us take on the No. 2 ranked team in the nation - Syracuse. Go GRIFFS!