Written By: Gary Wonning
THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING, BEFORE THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING WAS POPULAR.
I have always been a high school basketball fan, growing up in Indiana, it was only natural.
To add to the allure, The movie “Hoosiers”, was filmed about my neighboring school championship season, the Milan Indians.
I was nine years old when the game was played and it left a permanent impression in our minds, after that game everyone wanted to be Bobby Plump, who was portrayed as Jimmy Chitwood in the movie.
I knew of or personally knew many of the players and through the years continuously learned more about the team and what inspired them.
I recently discovered something I hadn’t known.
Glenn Butte, the starting center was a high school principal in my hometown and I knew him quite well.
However, we constantly learn something new every day.
I recently read where he was giving a talk to some elementary school kids and he made the statement that the team actually believed they could win every game they played in, even the ones they lost.
They only lost a couple all season.
This game took place in 1954, well ahead of the time when positive thinking was popular.
These were farm kids and probably heard at different times that they could do anything they wanted, but at that time this wasn’t a popular notion.
Because of what this team accomplished, it inspired many to further their education in this tiny farm community, something that hadn’t been done before this.
We all hear that quote from time to time, but for it to really sink in, it has to come from deep down within our own soul, it’s something that can’t be taught.
It just proves that we can accomplish anything if we put our heart into it and really believe it.
It shows how a small group of people in a small town can influence others and change the world.
We don’t all have to stand on a pulpit and talk to thousands at one time.
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