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There's no 'I' in 'team'

Good Sunday Morning,

I hope that you are not disappointed, but I decided to go off-script this week. OK, I know what you’re thinking . . . what script? That, my friend, is a good question and for another Sunday morning. Nonetheless, let’s talk sports; and in particular, the undisputable fact that life is a team sport . . . and to give away the secret to winning the bigger and more diversified your team, the more likely you will succeed.

You need neighbors (to look after your house when you go on vacation); you need family (to love and be loved); you need co-workers (to share the load); you need a mechanic (to keep your ride rolling); you need a mentor (to teach you the way) and you need a mentee (to share your wisdom); you need a barista (to . . . really, you have to ask? Dude, I’m talking about coffee); you need someone to talk to (because they look at you funny when you talk to yourself); you need an energizer (to pump you up whenever your down); you need to be there (to be there for the person that needs you to be there), and the list goes on and on . . .

In other words, your team members can be family, friends, colleagues, mentors, and even passersby’s. Anyone you meet is an occasion to nurture your team. A valuable team member is someone who positively affects you or that you positively impact . . . because sometimes you’re the coach, sometimes you’re the star player, and sometimes your role is equipment manager.

And if you are having trouble believing me, then hear me now and believe me later . . and until then, listen to the wisdom from none other than Solomon, where back in the day he told us about a man that was all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment? This too is meaningless - a miserable business!" Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:8-12.

So with that being said, pour yourself a cup of coffee, sit back, relax . . . realize that a friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity (feel free to let that sink in a bit) . . . and then take solace in knowing that the Lord has made this day; may you rejoice and be glad in it.

Jeff Bergstrom

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P.P.S. . . . and don’t forget that you are as unique as everyone else.

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