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In her excitement she missed first base, and upon her return to the bag . . .

Around The Bases We Go

August 26th 2011

To set the backdrop for today's message, a video from The Foundation for a Better Life shows that you may just be one person but you are one and you can make a difference.  Click Here to view today's video.

It is inspiring when we see someone showing their greatness of character.  As we watch, it helps us become aware of our own potential to make a difference in someone else’s life.  Greatness can be seen in the simple ways you interact with a client, customer or colleague.  How you handle a difficult situation with grace and tact or possibly when you make a situation better from behind the scenes as an anonymous participant.  In whatever capacity your character shines through, you must realize that you are in fact able to positively influence the outcome of every situation.

A wonderful example of greatness of character and generosity is shown in a softball game that made national news in 2009 - and it wasn't because of the final score.

A Home Run for Sara

With two runners on base and a strike against her, Sara Tucholsky of Western Oregon University uncorked her best swing and did something she had never done in high school or college. Her first home run ever cleared the center-field fence.

But it appeared to be the shortest of dreams come true when, in her excitement, she missed first base and upon her return to the bag, she tore a ligament in her knee and collapsed.

She crawled back to first base but could not continue around the bases. The first-base coach said she would be called out if her teammates tried to help her and, the umpire said, a pinch runner could be called in; but, the home run would only count as a single.

Central Washington’s first baseman, Mallory Holtman, who was the career home run leader in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, asked the umpire if she and her teammates could help Tucholsky?

The umpire said there was no rule against it.

Then, members of the Central Washington University softball team stunned spectators by carrying Tucholsky around the bases so the tree-run home run would count – an act that contributed to their own elimination from the playoffs.

Holtman and shortstop, Liz Wallace, put their arms under Tucholsky’s legs as she put her arms over their shoulders. The three headed around the base path stopping to let Tucholsky touch each base with her good leg.

“The only thing I remember is that Mallory asked me which leg was the one that hurt,” Tucholsky said. “I told her it was my right leg and she said, “OK, we’re going to drop you down gently and you need to touch it with your left leg,” and I said “OK, thank you very much.”

She said, ‘You deserve it, you hit it over the fence.’

“We didn’t know she was a senior nor that this was her first home run,” Wallace said. “That makes the story more touching than it was at the time. We just wanted to help her.”

Holtman said she and Wallace weren’t thinking about the playoff spot, and didn’t consider the gesture as something others wouldn’t do.

I hope I would do the same for her in the same situation,” Tucholsky added.

As the trio reached home plate, the entire Western Oregon team was in tears.

Central Washington coach Gary Frederick, a 14-year coaching veteran, called the act of sportsmanship “unbelievable.”

Tucholsky’s injury will sideline her for the rest of the season. Her home run sent Western Oregon to a 4-2 victory, ending Central Washington’s chances of winning the conference and advancing to the playoffs.

“In the end, it is not about winning and losing so much,” Holtman said. “It was about this girl. She hit it over the fence and was in pain, and she deserved a home run.”

Article from FOX Sports

Think of what you can do today to carry someone's load or at least make it a little lighter. What can you do for a customer, a colleague, a member of your family, a friend, or a complete stranger who is feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders? Do the unexpected by looking for ways to be generous and helpful.  Unsolicited help is more appreciated than when it is requested. It takes an educated heart, but you have one. Listen and it will lead you in the right direction.

Next, collaborate with your colleagues as you search for ways to help each customer and the business as a whole.  The weight you can collectively carry is far greater and the burden lighter when you work together.  You can make a difference today and each day.