We are not all soccer fans, some of us don’t enjoy sports at all, however, I would like to say something this morning about the young men shown above. This is the first year that I have really been watching any of the soccer games with a personal interest. Many in our church are from Brazil, so it has been fun to watch the enthusiasm and camaraderie. Especially since although I liked Brazil, I lean towards another team.
What I soon discovered is that this is a very high emotion game, the fans are very invested in the players and the results. For the first time I was listening to the announcers, the talk before games, and the post match wrap ups. When Brazil lost yesterday, I felt the emotion of the players hit like a bolt of lightning, the devastation of their situation could be felt across the miles and through the television. My husband a veteran at all of this, merely shrugged and took it all in stride.
Several players on the field yesterday play for Chelsea (UK) the young man who scored for Brazil was one of these players. His team mates were playing for Germany. These young men are not robots, they train, train and train some more. It is not about the money the make, or how they live their “personal” lives, they are paid professionals who dedicate themselves, mind, and bodies to the game of football (soccer). They played hard and gave all they had to get to where they are today, they played their best yesterday, even when the score was 5-0 for the longest time, they persevered, NO they didn’t win the game, but they have gained my respect for the sincerity (makoto) they put into what they were doing.
In a game, there is a winner and a loser (the person(s) who do not win, BUT in the PL(Perfect Liberty) world we are all winners when we do our best, when what we experience and learn in our challenges, makes us a better person,
Brazil still has a chance for Bronze…. lets give these young men the support they need to get back out there and shine, win or lose.. they keep us watching.
Congratulations to Germany for a game well played!
Today – Nederlands plays Argentina at 4 p Eastern Time.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
pictures – Pinterest
poster -bottom – found on tomanders.com