Shabbat Shalom – Behaalotekha
One cannot tell by looking at me now, but I was once a decent athlete. I had a great track coach in high school. Overton Curtis has since passed away, but my memory of his impact on my life stays on my “front burner.” He was responsible for taking this pudgy 15 year old freshman and turning me into … a contender. He worked us hard, but always reminded us that success was never more than fifty percent perspiration, and never less than fifty percent inspiration. He told us stories of great athletes that never amounted to anything because they lacked inspiration. He kept reminding me that even while short, I had potential. He lifted my spirits and my own expectations. The sad thing, though, I am not sure that I ever let him know just how important his faithful inspiration was for my own growth; both as an athlete and as a person.