Monday, March 15, 2010

John's Letter

You don't find many people like John anymore.

Born a century ago, John grew up in a small town in the Midwest back when Taft was President, Laurier was Prime Minister and a guy named Ford was doing well, selling about 10,000 cars a year.

An athletic type, John excelled first as a player, then as a coach.

Basketball was his game and along the way John became legend.

On and off the court.

His accomplishments include:

- Winning 10 NCAA titles during his last 12 seasons, including seven in a row.
- His team once had a record winning streak of 88 games and and four perfect seasons at 30–0.
- He was Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsman of the Year" in 1972.
- He was the first to be inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.

Despite all that and more, John never made more than $35,000 a year salary and never asked for a raise.

But as Rick Reilly explains, maybe he didn't need to.

Maybe John measured success differently than most.

John Wooden was once quoted as saying, "I have always tried to make it clear that basketball is not the ultimate. It is of small importance in comparison to the total life we live".

Words that John himself, has chosen to live by.

To the letter.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it does not demand its own way. It is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs. It always protects, always trusts. Always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails"

P.S. ... For the first time in TSB history a Biblical passage has been used as a quote to underscore a theme being presented in this forum. When employing Scripture, a writer runs a certain risk when it comes to possibly challenging deeply held beliefs in the mind of a reader. As it turns out, a fascinating essay about the subject of Belief, tumbled into my inbox this morning.

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