Who Is in Your Corner?

It’s Olympics time. And yes, it’s time again for “the thrill of victory and agony of defeat.”

I watched that agony as an ice dancing couple fell during their performance. One second, they’re gliding along, looking as if they’re going to medal. The next second, they fell to the ice.

They got to their feet—gracefully, I might add!—and continued their performance. The crowd had been quiet before, but as the athletes continued, the crowd got louder.

The athletes had the crowd in their corner. The crowd was rooting for them. Even though their medal chances were toast,  the audience wanted the athletes to persevere, to continue and finish their performance.

I see this all the time. We need to look for it, to be aware, and we create support systems all the time of people who root for us. Sometimes, we know these people. More often for me, these people are strangers.

People ask, “May I get this door for you?” I often say, “Yes! Thanks so much.” They offer me help in a buffet line, to hold my plate or fill it for me. (My rollator has a flat seat, so I don’t often need that help.) People in the airport, people at the grocery store, they all help me. Sometimes, I need to ask for help and sometimes they offer it.

These people are in my corner. They root for me.

You don’t need to be an athlete or a handicapped person for people to be in your corner. If you write or speak, you have people who want you to succeed, too. I’ve noticed this, especially with new speakers. The audience knows or senses speaking isn’t as comfortable for new speakers as it might be for others of us who’ve practiced for many years. They want the speaker to succeed

I do this. I smile, nod, take notes and/or tweet to provide encouragement. Afterwards, I applaud loudly. Could the speaker have improved? Often, yes. (We all can.) And, did they get their point across? Yes. Were they more than just adequate? Yes.

Sometimes, we don’t realize who’s in our corner.

  • Are there people part of my support system, even if they are a temporary part?
  • Are there people who help me in some way?
  • Can I depend on some people to support me daily, weekly, or monthly?

You, my dear readers, are a part of my support system. You’re in my corner. You might not always like what I have to say, and that’s okay. As long as you return to see what else I write that week, you’re rooting for me. I thank you for that.

There are really two questions this week: who is in your corner, and how many people do you support? I’ve found that the more people I support, the more I can appreciate the people who root for me, the people in my corner.

That’s the question this week: Who’s in your corner?

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