Watching Chris Hart Jr. sweep the gym floor during half time of the girls’ game on Friday, it struck me that no matter how much effort we put into some things, it can all be for naught.
Take for instance young Mr. Hart.
We was working hard, jogging up and down the court, getting the floor swept as quickly as he could – pushing that wide dust mop takes some serious uummph – and yet when he was all done and he shook the mop to get all the dust off, it billowed right back to the floor.
Granted, most of it was captured by a broom and dust pan, but still, what is the point of working that hard just to have it spread again?
And did anyone who used the floor that night care? I know the BHHS Athletic Director cared – I overheard him thank Chris for the work he did – and I’m sure fans were appreciative of his work, but the players probably never realized he had swept for them.
Watching the Seattle Seahawks lose to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday gave me the same feeling. After coming back from a 20-0 halftime deficit the Seahawks went up by one point in the fourth quarter with 30 seconds remaining.
Then they lifted the broom and the dust – or the inability of the Seahawks defense to make a stop on two separate occasions – swirled all over the field and the Falcons kicked a field goal to win the game.
What was the point of all that work? Why bother?
The answer lies within oneself.
It’s not about the end result, it’s about finding joy in the doing. It’s about realizing that you can do whatever it is you set your mind to and taking the journey.
I’m sure Chris didn’t mind the small amount of dust that escaped the dustpan, he had accomplished his task and found joy therein.
And, while I’m sure Russell Wilson wasn’t super excited to have lost a playoff game, when he looks back on his accomplishments in the game and the 2012 season, he’ll take pride in the doing.
BHHS head wrestling coach Dave Freeman summed it up best when he said, “Winners aren’t defined by their record, they’re defined by their attitude.”