You can have all of the talent in the world. You can have every resource at your disposal. You can have every appearance of being a winner.
But you may never be a champion.
Why? Because it’s an “inside job.”
Today’s victory in the Western Regional Championship game by the Titans Girls Basketball team will be remembered by many who did not witness it just for the final score. But I believe that those who were in attendance and especially those on the court will remember that that win wasn’t just won on the hardwood in Hickory, NC.
It was mostly won because of what those young people had inside of them.
Heart. Simply heart. With a huge side of guts and soul.
Having heart tells you that your success is in your hands.
Having heart means you have a short memory on mistakes but forever remember what you learned from them.
Having heart means you have faith in your teammates, but always listening to the coaches.
Having heart means that no matter whose court you play on as long as it’s about team, it will always be a “home-court” advantage.
Having heart means that you recognize that your “team” is not just the ones wearing the uniforms. It includes the cheerleaders and the family and friends in the stands. And a whole community back home who couldn’t be there in person.
Having heart means that today’s victory was only part of the bigger quest – one that started in the gym the day after last season ended.
The more you use it, the bigger and stronger it gets.
And that was a lot of heart the Titans showed today.
Preparation for the next game starts tonight.
For this house, that means we have laundry to do.
It’s in these days.