Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The Power of One
Have you ever wondered what you could do, or how anything you could do could make an impact, after all you are just one person? Well I am here to share with you what I learned this last week!
First let me say Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! to all the sweet bloggers who posted sweet comments on my "Singing the Momma Blues" post!!! Let me give you a quick update, I threw a birthday party for my youngest - it was last minute, and only "1" girl was able to come. My middle daughter invited a friend over bringing the total to 4 girls. We played the games that were planned, we laughed and giggled, then my oldest daughter and her friend came in and set up a beauty shop and did every ones nails, makeup and hair. Needless to say a good time was had by all!!! However this story could have ended very differently if the "1" friend was not able to have come to the party!!! Little Liz was our lifesaver! Look at Gracie's smile below!!
I heard the story the other day regarding Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese and the power of one, the story goes like this:
"One of the things Reese is most famous for was his ardent support for his teammate Jackie Robinson, the first modern African American player in the major leagues, especially in the rookie's difficult first years.
Reese refused to sign a petition that threatened a boycott if Robinson joined the team. When Robinson joined the Dodgers in 1947 and traveled with them during their first road trip, he was heckled by fans in Cincinnati, Ohio. During pre-game infield practice, Reese, the captain of the team, went over to Robinson, engaged him in conversation, and put
his arm around his shoulder in a gesture of support which silenced the crowd. This gesture is depicted in a bronze sculpture of Reese and Robinson, created by sculptor William Behrends, that was placed at KeySpan Park in Brooklyn, New York, and unveiled on November 1, 2005.
Throughout that difficult first year in the major leagues, Reese helped keep Robinson's morale up amid all the abuse. Their rapport soon led shortstop Reese and second baseman Robinson to become one of the most effective defensive pairs in the sport's history.
The friendship between Reese and Robinson is the subject of a popular 1990 children's book called Teammates, written by Peter Golenbock and with illustrations by Paul Bacon."
The above excerpt can be found at www.squido.com/peeweereese .
Who are you being the Power of One to???
Whose life can you impact by helping keep up their morale amid day to day activities? Who do you know who is being heckled by life?