Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Sport builds courtesy.

I might not be a sportsman when I was young. Only when I turned middle age, I realized the important of regular exercising. Over the radio, a sport doctor said..."Good Sport learns to win and to loose." Not all the time you win but a true sportsman accepts loosing as a challenge. He admires the winners, learns from them and salutes their achievement. His defeat is never a shame but rather is the first step towards winning.

Good sport builds courtesy. It helps a nation to smile. A country which doesn't excel in sport is normally violent and the people are unfriendly and hostile. The easiest way is to observe their traffic and roads. A person could be friendly but on road he might be rude and abrupt. Driving in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia could be scary because there are many road bullies. Malaysian are considered a friendly race. However when we are on the road, we tend to be reckless and impolite in behaviour. We have lost the sense of courtesy on road. The only blame I guess is...we have not learned to loose on sport. Winning has a pride and loosing is to accept defeat. Unless we learn to excel in good sport, the spirit of courtesy could not be felt.

Have to tell little darling. I had never been a sportsman before but I do understand the learning of winning and loosing. Though I had failed many times in life and love, but each time I failed, it strengthened me to understand life better. Life has built me to be courteous in love as well.

Food for the heart - "Nothing is ever lost by courtesy. It is the cheapest of the pleasures; costs nothing and conveys much. It pleases him who gives and ;him who receives, and thus, like mercy, it is twice blessed." - Erastus Wiman

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