Thursday, July 30, 2020
Notations On Our World (Special M-End Edition): On The Life & Times of @repjohnlewis as America Bid Farewell
In honor of his memory, our Team hereby presents this courtesy the team at the New York Times on his Final Words & their Reflections as we say: #RIPJOHNLEWIS as you made Good Trouble Sir:
July 30, 2020
The brief essay that Representative John Lewis sent me two days before his death — to be published today, on the occasion of his funeral — expresses the hope for national healing and reconciliation that guided his life’s work.
For too many Americans, the civil rights movement is visible only in the rearview mirror of memory. Black and white photographs of demonstrators being attacked by police dogs and fire hoses; of lunch counters and schoolhouses, separate and unequal and in the past.
Mr. Lewis lived that history, of course. But his most urgent plea was that the work of the civil rights movement remains unfinished, and that conscience commands us to look to the future. Important civil rights legislation sits stalled in Congress at this very moment, held up by the patently false assertion that racial discrimination no longer exists.
Mr. Lewis served as a member of Congress for 33 years before his death from pancreatic cancer on July 17. Before ever being sworn in as a lawmaker, he’d already borne so much for America.
Mr. Lewis’s moral authority “found its headwaters in the aggressive yet self-sacrificial style of protests that he and his compatriots in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee deployed in the early 1960s as part of the campaign that overthrew Southern apartheid,” the editorial board wrote in remembrance.
The fight for civil rights was brutal. “I remember John had no reservations about going down and sitting in and knowing that we could be injured. You could be clobbered,” his classmate, Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., remembered in a recent Op-Ed. “I was there on the bus platform in Montgomery, Ala., when they hit him over the head with a Coca-Cola crate and smashed his head.”
John Lewis’s commitment to nonviolent protest never wavered, not through dozens of attacks and arrests, not through the reversal of hard-won gains, not even in the final weeks of his life as the country erupted in unrest over the police killing of George Floyd.
His final words ask us to cast our eyes forward. “Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself,” he wrote in today’s Op-Ed. I’d also recommend listening to it being read aloud in the powerful audio version.
Americans who want to honor Mr. Lewis and continue his fight for civil rights can do so by urging their lawmakers to restore the protections enshrined in the Voting Rights Act, for which Mr. Lewis fought so ardently. Ensuring that all Americans can exercise the right to vote was Mr. Lewis’s unfinished work. It’s up to the nation to finish it.
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|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 2||Issue 64|
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THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVE THE TEAM IS TO IMPROVE YOURSELF
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This maxim of Coach Wooden's describes the relentless approach he challenged himself with every day: constant self improvement.
As coach often stated: Never be satisfied. Work constantly to improve. Perfection is a goal that can never be reached, but it must be the objective. The uphill climb is slow but the downhill road is fast.
Coach believed that valid self-analysis is crucial for improvement. In order to improve a little each day we must constantly be learning, and to do that we must: be observing constantly and stay open minded.
A key component of Coach Wooden's constant self-improvement program was how he worked with his assistant coaches. He encouraged them to challenge his ideas, thus creating the valid self-analysis he knew was critical to self improvement.
In his book A Game Plan for Life: The Power of Mentoring with Don Yeager, Coach describes how Abraham Lincoln inspired his approach:
An incredible example of Lincoln’s wisdom can be seen in the people with whom he chose to surround himself. I pride myself on having read just about every major book ever published about Abraham Lincoln, but the one that has affected me the most in recent years is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s exceptional text, Team of Rivals. In this book, Goodwin examines in profound depth a well-documented but not widely discussed political decision: When Lincoln was elected to the presidency, he appointed a number of former political opponents to serve as his advisers and to fill various posts.
By selecting men whom he knew disagreed with him or differed from his own platform, he assured himself he would be confronted with legitimate challenges to his ideas, rather than finding himself in a pool of yes-men.
Based on Lincoln’s example, I encouraged my assistant coaches to speak up with ideas that might differ from or even completely contradict my own. Those disagreements never got heated, but sometimes they were very intense. Just as I imagine Lincoln would have been, I was pleased when those challenges arose because it meant that my fellow coaches were as passionate about our team as I was. Nothing ruins a team more quickly than apathy.
In Coach Wooden’s book, Wooden on Leadership with Steve Jamison, Hall of Fame Coach and former Coach Wooden assistant Denny Crum describes working with Coach:
Coach Wooden never thought he knew everything. In spite of the fact that he’d been winning championships every year—four or five of them when I got there as an assistant coach—he wanted to keep learning and improving as a coach and leader.
When I came up with an idea, he would never tell me, “Well, this is the way we’ve always done it and we’re winning championships. So, no, I’m not changing.” He was open to change. His approach was to listen; if he thought it made sense, try it. If it works, great. If not, move on. He was always searching for ways to improve.As Coach liked to say A leader destined for success asks, "What can we do to improve?" A leader destined for failure says, "That's the way it's always been done."
Yours in Coaching,
You are the one who has to decide
Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside.
You are the one who makes up your mind
Whether you’ll lead or linger behind.
Whether you’ll try for the goal that's afar
Or be contented to stay where you are.
Take it or leave it, here's something to do,
Just think it over, it's all up to you!
What do you wish? To be known as a shirk,
Known as a good person who is willing to work,
Scorned for a loafer or praised by your chief
Rich or poor or beggar or thief?
Eager or earnest or dull through the day,
Honest or crooked? It's you who must say!
Whether you'll shirk it or give it your best.
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