Lately the definition of success has been a topic of several conversations for me. It’s interesting. And then I read this, written by Coach Keith, an assistant coach in the OPSU baseball program who recently resigned. Coach Keith is the one that made Main Street Guymon’s Special Game Day happen.
What Coach Keith wrote says what I believe so well. I think he wrote it to other OPSU staff.
“I’ve worked here for 6 years. And seeing this university grow has been exciting. But seeing young boys turn into men by making mature decisions, on and off the baseball field, has been the most rewarding goal in my young life. Having a young man from half a world away, tell me ‘thank you for everything’ and having his family embrace me as one of their own trumps any amount of money an individual could get paid.
“We often think of happiness and wealth as money or success. But to be a positive influence in a human being life is worth more than its weight in gold.
“Helping a young man pass a test when 5 months ago he could barely speak English, is a reward.
“Allowing a young man, the opportunity to play college baseball at a competitive level, is a reward.
“Having a young man be the first to graduate college in his entire family, is a reward.
“Coaches, parents and mentors: do not take for granted the impact you make on a young person’s life, and do not overlook the impact they make in yours.
Players: play for a coach who you make you a better person, father, brother, sister, mother, aunt or uncle. Because you are as rewarding in a coach’s life as he/she is to your own.”
There are many teachers, youth leaders, coaches, and others who have figured this out. I know many of them, I’m related to several of them, and I have Main Street Aggie Families who live by this. Those kids that enrich our lives aren’t related to us by blood, they’re probably not known to us until we start to work with them. But they give us the true richness our souls are made to crave.
Thank you to every Coach Keith in this world. You make this world a better place.
Good luck to Coach Keith in his future endeavors.
See you on the bricks.