Well the calendar says it is officially Spring that may be a harbinger of spring but I think there are better indicators of the transition.
First, the Lion's shack sank on Lake Cadillac which is a sure sign the ice is melting, and that can only mean spring is here. Next, spring break for the schools is just around the corner. Then, we have the school spring sports practice starting with games beginning in just a few short weeks. If that isn't enough to convince you it's spring the Tigers are back on the field. And for a little icing on the cake in just ten short days I will be starting seeds indoors for my garden.
Planting seeds, the Cadillac Lions plant seeds every year with their shack placed on Lake Cadillac. It is a fundraiser with all money raised will going back out into the Cadillac area in the form of eyeglass assistance for those that can't afford help for themselves. Go Lions!
Schools are planting seeds for the kids of our community, and the athletic programs are a big part of the youth and their growth. A time of true excitement for the kids as well as the whole community.
Spring break, well we could claim it plants seeds of rest and rejuvenation to finish the year strong.
The Tigers plant seeds in Florida every year that we hope will be an entertaining, adventurous and fruitful season.
I plant seeds for my garden for gorgeous flowers to enhance the beauty of my yard and to grow tasty food. Most of all my garden provides a quiet sanctuary to watch things grow, revitalize and invigorate myself.
It is officially spring. That means community, outdoors, sunshine and gardening! What seeds will you be planting this spring?
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Youth hockey comes to town this weekend, and it made me stop and think about community and my experiences growing up. What I did, what I loved and reflected back how those experiences shaped my life.
I love athletics. I have played my whole life neighborhood pick up games to organized leagues. I hadn't thought about how much sports help shaped my life until I started to reflect back. Part of the reflection was looking at my life, and part was asking people about their experience.
There are the usual comments such as sports build confidence, self-esteem, and teamwork but I've found even more how games have shaped people's lives.
When I grew up, we lived about four blocks from the C.A.S.A. fields. Every night in our neighborhood if we weren't playing I would ride my bike over to the fields and watch the games it was the next best thing to being able to play. That was my best option because I was still too young to play at that time.
I don't know where my determination came from, but to this day I am grateful I had it and had strengthened it throughout my life. I was good at some things. I had to work to get good at some parts of the game.
My High School softball coach had a favorite saying "if you think you can or you think you can't, you are absolutely right!" My coach was the first time I had heard it. Later I learned this quote came from Henry Ford.
When I was a freshman, we started the Cadillac High School softball team. We didn't have much in the way of pitchers, so the coach had everyone had to try and throw. I had the speed, but the accuracy well lets just say that little strike zone was about the size of the state of Michigan.
At practice, at home against the garage wall--not a good idea repeatedly hitting that wall made my mom mad and destroyed a lot of balls--I threw and threw and threw some more. I threw because I loved it and because of my determination to conquer that ball and make it go where I wanted it to go.
Each year I got put in a few more innings until my senior year when I became the starter. It was a test of and strengthened my determination and never give up attitude. I am grateful every day and even more so after reading my friend Michelle's comment "I didn't know it then, but giving up on basketball because I wasn't good at it was a life lesson for me. I wasn't naturally gifted with offensive basketball skills, and it didn't come easy. I played one year and then decided to give it up. I should have stuck with it and worked harder to improve. Now that I'm older I realize that there are many things I like, but have to work at because it doesn't come easy." I'm glad I stuck with it even through all the trials along the way.
Trials such as hitting a batter on that cold spring day. She left the game and soon after we saw her leaving the park altogether. Ouch, that hurt the confidence. But when she came back she was on crutches. Wow, second slam on the confidence! My only experience to back up my confidence and ability was a couple of years before an assistant coach hit me during batting practice. A man who had been pitching successfully in a men's league for years. Even he hit someone so I yes, I can do this. That probably wasn't much consolation for the other team, but it did help me finish the game and beyond.
In my quest to hear others experiences I found a surprise which shouldn't have been a surprise at all. I received this from my friend Scott "Been thinking about this... as a very introverted kid growing up, sports did three things: forced me into a situation where I had to interact with people, gave me a chance to work interactively with others, and gave me some common experiences for interacting with others. Still, use it to some extent today." No matter how introverted someone is, there are times in life when we must interact with others. What a powerful lesson.
My second surprise was this statement that I heard this from several people. "learned to follow directions from someone other than mom and dad, they learned not to be selfish and that sometimes u had to play not their chosen position for the good of the team." We are supposed to listen and follow directions from our teachers, but that is something we have to do. Sports is something we want and like to do most often something we have chosen so learning to follow directions is more of a mentoring situation, and I believe for a child a more impactful lesson.
It doesn't require athletic experiences to be successful. However, my observation over the years is, many successful people attribute their success to participation in sports and their success in life.
From my friend Bev Wall owner of Languages International had this to say. " It taught me to play hard, know your opponent, understand the variables, and sometimes, it just doesn't work out. Be a good sport and move on to the next game. In my business life, this reminds me to remember to practice the basics, that competition is good, sometimes you win a game, sometimes you lose a game, and to continue playing. Why? The odds increase for success if you keep playing the game and improving the skills."
And one last thought from Dan Minor, owner of Clam Lake Beer Co. in Cadillac "Playing sports had a tremendous impact on my development. I believe the friendships and grasping the importance of teamwork is extremely valuable. Also, becoming competitive and forming an attitude of never wanting to give up or lose, has defined my personal and business career."
We all have an important role to play in children's lives. Reflecting on this today is a good reminder to me "it's not just about winning it's about who we become along the way."
I'm glad to see the hockey tournament in town this weekend. If you are looking for something to do this weekend get out to The Wex and check out a game or two have some fun and support the kids as they are the future of our community.
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The fun-seeking explorer
The Cadillac area is a a gorgeous place to visit or live. This site is an ongoing exploration. You will find photos and thoughts of places to see and things to do. Welcome and feel free to make a comment or recommend a place to visit.