What Would You Do?

Posted: September 2, 2011 in Managing life

Did you see the story about the youth football game that turned violent? It was the Gators against the Huskies. The Gators coaching staff was unhappy with the referee’s call. One of the coaches pushed the ref then a players ran over and tackled him. Next thing you see is a mob of Gators, Huskies, referees, and parents pushing and yelling. It was a hideous scene.

However, it is a good life lesson.

In my book… the book of how to succeed in life without being arrested, killed, or maimed… pushing someone or TACKLING someone because you’re angry is WRONG. It’s wrong every time. I don’t care if you’re a kid or a parent. We just can’t “settle” our differences through physical violence. We also can’t take our anger out on people violently.

But here’s the life lesson:

There were a lot of guys on each sideline. The Huskies stayed on the sidelines and the Gators joined in the brawl. What caused each kid to make the decision to join or stand on the sideline? 

Some kids are prone to violence. Maybe they’ve been treated violently and this is how they learned to treat others. Some kids follow the crowd. They are afraid that if they act different from those around them, they’ll be rejected or made fun of. Some kids know violence is wrong and choose to stay on the sideline. Some kids aren’t sure what to do, so they go along with what their friends are doing.

The Huskies stayed on the sideline either because they know what’s right and what’s wrong and they chose RIGHT, because their friends stayed. Some may have stayed because the coach made it very clear they needed to stay there…they respected the coach’s direction.

The question for you is, are you hanging out with Gators: People who know what they are doing is wrong, but do it anyway? Or people who have so little self-control, they do stupid things without thinking? Or, are you hanging out with the Huskies? The ones who encourage you do to what’s right – the ones who show respect for the coach?

The Gators and their coaches are currently waiting for charges to be brought up against them, and some arrests will probably be made. The Huskies are preparing for their next game.

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