In case you missed it there was a really big football game this past weekend. It was a huge upset and a huge shock to many people. However, there are people who experienced some serious stress during the game but remained fully confident in their team, and were able to experience a huge victory. Who are these people? Patriot fans.
While I can’t say that the Patriots are “my team”, I have to respect their team, their coaches and their quarterback(s) who have come together time and again to create some incredible results. I know from talking with Patriot fans how dedicated their team is, how hard they work and how much passion and energy they put into this organization that they are committed to. They’ve fought against some serious challenges the past few years and bad press from those who don’t like their success or because they may have tried to bend the rules. I’m not here to place or suggest guilt or innocence. That’s a whole different conversation that we’re not having today.
Today what we’re talking about is a slogan that I saw after the game: “We Are All Patriots.” I don’t know of any true Patriot’s fan who doubted them or gave them up as a result of the challenges of the past few years. They’ve remained loyal to them, and this year their loyalty was rewarded in a big way.
But this really speaks to a bigger conversation, how we all identify with each other. Do you see that we’re all one people? We can all break our bones, work a job, love someone, or enjoy a laugh. Whether we’re black or white, police or civilian, PhD or high school graduate, dog lover or cat lover, parent or not, or TV buff or not, we are all human. You can’t change that unless you change your body and DNA and that’s not a direction science has been working in that I know of. We all have differences, yes. But when it comes down to it there’s a very high probability that you want the same thing I do: to get through tomorrow alive, to be loved, to enjoy life more and to have more time with the people we love.
So congratulations to the Patriots, and I encourage you to think about the community, the state, the country that you belong to and how you’re helping make it a better place to live in for everyone.