TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE
Staying at home has brought a new way of looking at the world around us. We watch the news and read articles on the internet. Then we check in with social media to see what people are saying about the news. Our computers and phones have become our window to the outside world. With a lot less face-to-face interaction in the last few months, communication has become much more frequent and much more detached. Strong words are written with no consideration of the impact on the readers. Anyone who has seen or written a play knows the approach to a monologue is very different from a dialogue. Speaking (or writing) TO people is not the same as conversing WITH people. Written rants and framed video clips are not necessarily representative of the entire picture of what is going on in the world and how people feel. Old issues and new issues alike, we are all working through them together. Try to keep the whole picture in mind.
When Sabakiball was being developed, the fact that all teams had to be co-ed turned some people off from playing. They felt that it would not be competitive enough if just anyone could play on a team. What our early critics did not realize is that Sabakiball purposefully made the rules of play so that having weaker players on the team could be an advantage. (By the way, our experience has been that the “weaker” players came in all types). This is a different concept, and many long-time sports players could not see how this would work. To play Sabakiball like a traditional sport makes the game play less effective! So when our early critics found they could not dominate the play with their usual sports skills and strategies, they were discouraged and therefore critical of this new sport. They couldn’t see the whole picture.
From the very beginning, Sabakiball stayed the course of non-tradition. We defied our critics and found a player base that understood how to rethink the way sports can be played. And now today we have over a million players playing world wide … and growing fast! It was difficult at times to stay true to our vision and our mission in the face of critics and adversity. But, as Shakespeare wrote: “To thine own self be true”. You will not go wrong thinking, feeling and acting with authenticity, even if others tell you that you are wrong! BE YOURSELF. SEE THE WHOLE PICTURE.
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Monica Rosen is the CEO/CFO of Sabakiball International.