A Reminder for All of Us OF True Competition
More than a 100 teams traveled from 30 states, bringing with them more than 2400 athletes and 350 coaches to Toledo this past week as the YMCA hosted its 53rd National Gymnastics Championships in the Glass City. The theme, Shattering Expectations, was not only appropriate for these young gymnasts, but also for our rust-belt community as both were eager to combat the status quo.
For the gymnasts, it was moment to shine and show their peers across the nation of their capability. For Toledo, it was an opportunity to shrug off a stereotype that our city has seen its best. And for Lighthouse, it was an opportunity to step up and support the community that supports us, having the opportunity of being one of several sponsors to help such an incredible event take place.
It was without a doubt a week full of excitement, full of intensity, and definitely full of shattered expectations.
With the chalk settled, I can't help but reflect on my favorite aspect of gymnastics: that while there exists a competition among the athletes, most of them come primarily to compete against themselves. They each strive to be better than who they were last week, taking aim to prove to themselves, as well as their peers, that they have what it takes. But they also cheer for each other. They encourage each other. They challenge each other. They bring out the best in each other.
It's a great lesson for all of us that competition can (and should) be healthy, but it should never get in the way of serving each other. We should always take time to commend each other. To rally each other. To inspire each other.