In Others’ Words: Don’t Overlook Enthusiasm

Nothing Great 2017


My husband and I have become the de facto sports photographers for our youngest daughter’s volleyball teams. 

CJ plays volleyball year-round, which means I have thousands of volleyball photos of her and all of her teammates. On average, if her club plays three matches and a cross-over match during a tournament, I come home with a minimum of two thousand photos. I then cull the good photos from the bad. Delete. Delete. Delete. Delete. Save. Delete. Delete. Delete. Save. And repeat. Her high school varsity team plays 5 sets in a match, so during the high school season, my photo count from a tournament can be higher.

Yes, I love the action shots, where I’ve captured a good serve or block or hit. But even more? I love to continue photographing after those moments and capture the team celebrating.

Enthusiasm is the heartbeat of a team. Celebration — open expression of excitement for another’s success — creates a stronger bond among teammates. Letting a teammate know you’re excited when they triumph builds unity and fuels energy that keeps a team going when up against a tough opponent.

The next time you’re at a sporting event, go ahead and cheer when the team scores. But watch how the team celebrates one another.Those times of group elation are some of the best moments on the court.

In Your Words: When have you experienced enthusiastic moments of group celebration?



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  1. May 11, 2017, 12:22 am   /  Reply

    Not group celebration, but group resolve, which led to great things I would prefer never to discuss.

    But yes, enthusiasm’s important – Edwards Park once wrote that it’s far better to be enthusiastic about something really stupid than to let one’s soul cool in indifference.

    • May 11, 2017, 8:09 am   /  Reply

      I do find Edwards Park’s affirmation encouraging, as my enthusiasms include disco music and lava lamps.

      • May 11, 2017, 8:46 am   /  Reply

        Now you’ve got me smiling. Lava lamps. Who knew? 🙂

        • May 11, 2017, 1:34 pm   /  Reply

          And bell-bottoms…and TYE-DYES!!!!!!

          • May 11, 2017, 2:50 pm   / 

            I still remember buying my first pair of bell bottoms. And now I’ve dated myself … LOL 🙂

    • May 11, 2017, 8:45 am   /  Reply

      Andrew: I have never, ever been a fan of cool indifference.

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