Tomorrow night, my son and I will be watching Olympic swimming, and probably other sports and events. I’m excited to see what the swimmers can do but also am envious of my son’s idealistic view of The Games.
If I were to write down my own version of an Athlete’s Credo, it would describe wanting to do my best but also wanting the same for my competitors. I would prefer to win or lose and be secure in my belief that the outcome was correct. If I were to win, I would want my opponent to say something like, “I did my best and you were better” rather than “If I’d had a better start…”.
Of course, I won’t be there competing and perhaps people who have put enough effort into getting there have different priorities.