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In Others’ Words: What’s Your Main Thing?

In Others’ Words: What’s Your Main Thing?

I’ve attended hundreds of volleyball games since my youngest daughter started playing back in fifth grade. And I’ve also taken thousands of photographs.Yes, of my daughter, but of her teammates, too. The setters. The outside hitters. The liberos. The defensive specialists. The middle blockers. The right sides. One of my favorite photos? When the team huddles up. The girls do this befor... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Milestones and Moments

In Others’ Words: Milestones and Moments

Life is both moments and milestones. Yesterday, my daughter CJ just accomplished a major milestone in a teenager’s life: She got her driver’s license. An hour later, she drove off in my car, heading to a volleyball workout. Did we celebrate that milestone? Oh, yes, yes, we did! Photos were taken and posted on Facebook and Instagram and there was a lot of spontaneous HaPpY dAnCiNg going... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Unique Power of Attitude

In Others’ Words: The Unique Power of Attitude

Attitude. Attitude. Attitude. Our attitude takes us a long way in athletic competition, doesn’t it? Our attitude takes us a long way in life, too — which is a certain type of competition, when you think about it.  If you’ve been part of the ongoing conversation on this blog for a while, you know I wasn’t much of an athlete growing up. As I explained to my volleyball playing... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Be a Team

In Others’ Words: Be a Team

All teams are made up of individuals. Sport teams. Business teams. Ministry teams. But if the team’s focus is on all the separate people who make up the team instead of the overall goal of the team, the group will stall out. You can’t get anywhere if you’re divided by the wants of a variety of different people. Individuals are chosen for the need — the goal — of the t... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Don’t Overlook Enthusiasm

In Others’ Words: Don’t Overlook Enthusiasm

  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 ph... Read More »

In Others’ Words: You, Yourself, and the World

In Others’ Words: You, Yourself, and the World

My daughter CJ has been part of her high school Varsity volleyball team for the past few months. This weekend, my husband and I will be in Denver cheering them on as they compete for the 3A State title. Here’s one thing I’ve learned about the team: Each member knows their place on the team — what their job is, so to speak, as an offensive or defensive player. Cassie D., the sette... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Teamwork Triad

In Others’ Words: The Teamwork Triad

My youngest daughter’s club volleyball team is heading out for a weekend tournament. Three days of nonstop competition. Three days to see teamwork in action — win or lose –and oh, how we hope for wins! But I’ve learned watching CJ’s team that a day is successful if the team plays well no matter what the score is at the end of the match. Playing well = communicating + ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Being Here for Each Other

In Others’ Words: Being Here for Each Other

I didn’t play team sports much growing up.  Oh sure, I played kickball during recess. I always envied the kids who could kick a “creeker” — kicking the ball hard enough so that it soared over the ravine at the end of the playground and into the woods beyond. And I participated in the mandatory team sports in gym — and hated them one and all. Why? Because I was always ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Waste Not

I have CJ, my youngest daughter, to thank for this post. Her volleyball coach asked each girl to list five things they bring to the team. As we talked about it this morning on the way to school, I told CJ to include resilience on her list of attributes. For a 13-year-old, CJ has an amazing ability to shake things off. The team loses a volleyball match? Okay. She keeps her head in the game (pardon ... Read More »