Life Values Through Basketball
I was invited to team Kairos by my history teacher Mr Stanley Tan. Before joining the team, i was playing casual basketball in school almost every single day.
However,after the many training sessions i had with team Kairos, i found out that i still had a long way to go before becoming a good basketball player. Training with the team introduced me to various team plays that i would never have used before joining the team. The constant drills also helped me to improve my skills as a basketball player. Most importantly, i had a wider exposure to basketball and had a jolly good time training with the team. I found myself drawing closer to the teammates who had different backgrounds and skill levels.
We trained hard for the competition but lost to the opponent during the first match of the basketball tournament. I found myself panicking during these full court matches and struggled to get used to it. I took it very harshly upon myself and felt a great need to improve myself as a basketball player. However,my teammates constantly gave me advice on how to improve my basketball skills. I was motivated by the constant support provided.
Not only did the basketball training sessions helped me to improve my skills, I also learnt many life lessons. For example, I learnt that as human beings, we must never give up on what we are doing as a breakthrough will happen as long as we work hard and trust God. Through the “pass first instead of going solo” concept in team basketball, i learnt that as we help others,we would experience joy and contentment. Success would also come our way if we learn to put other’s before us.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” - Nelson Mandela.
Hence, i believe that through basketball, we are able to sieve out important life values and most importantly, let our light shine brightly.
Sharing by: Benedict from Kairos
Posted on Tue, July 23, 2013