It occurs to me that we have a really great team here! If you would allow me I would like to talk a little about that concept!
First of all we have the the "Old Timers" who I call the Super Exers! I see them in the role of coaches and managers! They have been there, done that and seen it all! They share their wisdom with us, and help guide us to be successful! Then there are the veterans. We are the primary distributors of what I refer to as "Collateral Kindness"! I am reminded that we probably have the most important job! We are the liason between the Super Exers and the Short Timers and Newbies! It is importat that we be able to remember the difficulties associated with the early days of our "new starts", "do overs" or "quits". Whatever you call it there are problems that everyone has to overcome in the begining! No one shoud try to steamroll those problems, or belittle those who are having them! They are very real to the people who are having them! We must help everyone fight their individual battles! As with most teams we look at our Cheerleaders as a seperate team! This is not the case!!!! Our Cheerleaders are the glue that holds this team together! They not only bring happiness, humor, and good feelings to us, but they drive the emergency vehicles! They are the first responders to our newbies, and the first ones there when we have a teammate who falls. Often times they are there in time to prevent the fall! God bless our Cheerleaders!! We should give thanks for them everyday!
It has often been said that there is no I in team! While this is of course true, I submit to you that there are two I's In "Winning Team" They are Initiative and Integrity! As a part of a winning team we must take the Initiative to stand up for what is right and stand against that which is harmfull! We must also be deliberative and understand which is which! And we must have the Integrity to honor our committments to ourselves, and our teammates! Will we make errors? You bet! But a winning team will find a way to overcome those and continue to win!
I thank you all for allowing me to be a part of this team! I will do all in my power to help keep it a "Winning Team"