I get these stories from time to time. The only thing I would add it this
verse I saw on a church reader board:
�What you do and say today will make memories for someone else � make good
Susan's Card Story Editor:
by Kirsten Smith Steve Phelps
Lynnwood, Washington, USA
I've always had a problem with self-confidence, especially as a teenager.
If I was certain of my abilities I would shine, but if I had any doubts I
would hang around in the background.
I was in band because I knew I played clarinet well, but decided against
trying out for the volleyball team because, though I'd earned a letter in
junior high, I wasn't sure how difficult high school would be. I felt more
confident about making the team my junior year, so I tried out. I made the
junior varsity team, playing some games, and sitting out others.
One team member who was a sophomore that year, and I never got along. To
this day I don't know why, but we just couldn't stand one another. She was
tall, thin, and very talented in sports, so probably some of the friction
was jealousy on my part.
As a senior I returned for volleyball tryouts, certain I would make
varsity. It went well, but I was devastated when my name was not on the
roster. The coach said she wished I'd tried out as a sophomore, it would
have helped me make the team as a senior. Then she asked me to be a team
manager. I figured I'd travel with the team, help with drills during
practice, and if something happened, maybe get a shot at the varsity team. I
If the practice drills required extra bodies, the other manager and I
filled in. I gave 110% during these occasions to impress the coach. My
nemesis was on the team, so I took extra delight when I was able to block
one of her shots or make a good return. The coach even hinted she was sorry
she'd cut me from the team.
One day the team was doing a fun practice drill. I asked the coach for a
turn after everyone was done. When I moved to take my turn my nemesis
stepped up and said, "drills are just for players." I turned and left the
gym before anyone saw my tears.
The next day, another player, Susan, came up to me and handed me a card.
Susan was a wonderful girl, the nicest person you'd ever want to meet. When
I read the card later, it was obvious she had heard the "just for players"
remark the previous day. She wrote that I was an inspiration to the team,
that my spirit during games and practices encouraged her to play better. I
was thrilled by her words and effort. She showed me that no matter what part
you play in a team, you can have an impact.
I still remember Susan's kindness more than 15 years later, and I often
wonder what might have transpired in my life if she hadn't taken the time to
write that note.
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