Sometimes, we are really in need of some good role models. This is one of those times. In the wider world we are seeing hate and violence, divisiveness and confusion, fear and distrust. And just when we might think there is no hope and no good left in this world, this happens:

Watch this video all the way to the end and you will see the coaches from the Venezuelan Little League team walk out to the pitcher’s mound and pick up the pitcher from the opposing team out of the dirt after a walk off homerun that won the World Series for the Venezuelan team. Those coaches could have walked away to celebrate with their own team and not looked back and no one would have criticized them for it. Instead, they recognized that there was a child laying face down in the dirt, crying from heartbreak because his dream of championship had slipped from his fingers and they walked out, picked him up, hugged him, and consoled him. And what happened next is what makes us know that these coaches are true role models who have consistently led their players in the right direction. Their players followed them out to the pitcher’s mound and joined in on the hug and consoling.

Imagine the lessons that those players learned in that moment. How many times a day do we have the opportunity in our work to pick someone up out of the dirt and bring them a sense of hope? Do we show up as the role models we have the opportunity to be? In the midst of our own celebrations, do we recognize the needs of another? If we followed the lead of these coaches, would the world feel like a different place?


About the Author...

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I’m Erin, and I’ve used my 15+ years of human services experience working to understand youth who are on the fringes as an attempt to create services that have the potential to change their life trajectory. I get out of bed each morning with a renewed sense of purpose, and I go off to work to play my part. I believe that if we each do our small part, that collectively we have the potential to change the big picture.

To me, this is more than a job; it’s a journey, a mission, a calling, and an honor.

I don’t believe that I have all the answers, but with some regular meditation, a solid support network, and a commitment to this work--no matter how hard it gets, I believe that much can be accomplished.

I invite you along on this journey. Share what you have learned, what keeps you going, and what makes you crazy. None of us are in this world alone and I am grateful that we can walk beside each other even if only for a few moments.

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