I know many consider sports nothing more than a distraction from the important stuff of the day. For the most part I agree. We tend to put way too much emphasis on what a bunch of adults playing kid games do. But. There are chances to influence others everywhere provided we see and act when given the opportunity. The venue matters not at all nor does the age of those involved unless it's to give us hope for the coming generations.
I know that I miss way too many. We all do but it's important that we recognize these oh so fleeting and precious moments for what they are whenever we can. There are nothing less than the chance to prove that we are more than simple fearful and reactionary beasts responding only to the stimulus of the world. Existing within ourselves to the exclusion of all else. Nihilistic and narcissistic. Vain and superficial. We are so much more. We are human, molded in the likeness of the Creator. Men and women charged with ensuring that beauty and love and charity and basic kindness never perish from this world.
Those opportunities are out there, right now. Chances to make a real difference in someone's life no matter how small. Sometimes the littlest gesture has repercussions all out of proportion to the kindness extended.
We miss them at our cost. We ignore them at the peril of our very souls.