Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Supporting Families New to Swimming

Have you ever seen the reaction when parents of young children casually mention they are taking the family on their first trip to Disney World? They are mobbed by every parent within ear shot who wants to share their wisdom and advice for surviving the experience. It is heartwarming to see parents supporting each other in the quest for a little family fun. Unfortunately, it has been our experience that parents are not quite as willing to "share" information when it comes to competitive sports.
I first realized this shortly after we joined a year-round competitive swim team when JT was 11-years-old. A group of swim moms met for lunch to plan an event for the team. The conversation soon turned to swimming and it felt as if they were speaking an entirely different language. I made mental notes so I could go home and try to figure out what the heck they were talking about. I stayed pretty quiet but one topic caused such a stir among the women that I had to interrupt and ask, “What is this meet called ZONES?” The reply was swift and direct. “It’s nothing you need to know about. It’s a meet that swimmers are selected to attend and it’s only for the kids who are fast.”

I may not have known a lot about swimming that day but I was wise enough to understand that karma is like a flip turn; what goes around comes around.

Psychologists suggest that the reason people withhold information is because they believe it is a way to gain power over another. But the Bible tells us, “Do not withhold good from those who need it, when you have the ability to help. ~Proverbs 3:27.” The next time a swim parent is seeking information or advice, share what you know and your experience. They will benefit from your generosity and so will you!
 
“There is a destiny that makes us brothers: none goes his way alone, 
All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” 
~Edwin Markham

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