I generally keep a positive frame of mind and encourage the same in others. But sometimes the weight of the world compresses us down and kind of forces us to become negative thinkers and talkers.

As hard as I try, there are times when I find myself speaking critically of oppressive world leaders and organizations that attempt to shove their radical agenda in my face.

I know I’m not the Lone Ranger when it comes to this practice, because I see it on social media as well as television and radio.

There’s an old saying, “When you’re cold the best thing to do is think warm thoughts.”

Isn’t thinking negative thoughts practically the same thing as being cold? And isn’t thinking positive thoughts like being warm and cozy?

For the next few minutes, I’d like to spin a positive thread and talk about some things in which I’m proud, especially when it comes to the local sports scene.

First and foremost, I want to brag on the student athletes from each area school and the way they represent us. Too many times the good things that happen are overshadowed by something bad.

However, I have the privilege of being around these young people and see first hand just what kind of people they are. We have some really well-mannered and well-spoken young adults in our midst who will soon be the next generation of adults. In many parts of the country high school students aren’t as courteous and friendly as they are in the deep south. That is certainly not intended as a slam on kids that may be from the north, west or midwest. Truth is, there are a few kids, no matter where we go, that act and speak unbecoming at times.

But to my knowledge, poor behavior hasn’t become an issue around here.

Case in point: retaliating and fighting inside the frame work of a game – whether it be football, basketball, baseball or any other sport – is quite common around the world. We see it from the youth leagues all the way to the pros. Tempers flare because one player upset another with something they said or did in the flow of the game.

What usually happens next? We all know the answer to that one.

I haven’t seen much, if any, of that sort of behavior among the student athletes in the Daily Corinthian coverage area. That doesn’t mean it never happens, but those instances are few and far between.

Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not implying that our kids haven’t had the opportunity to retaliate. Oh, believe me it happens. But to their credit most of the time they show they’ve “Had some raising”, as my grandmother used to say.

We try and instill in our youngsters, as they grow up, that they don’t have to fight fire with fire. Fighting never accomplished anything, especially on the court or on the field. My wish is that all of us, whether we’re parents anymore or not, continue to encourage our young people to show class and dignity in everything they do.

And that goes for life as well as sports.

Next on the list, I’m very proud of the fact that the talent in our little corner of Mississippi is becoming more and more recognized throughout the state.

For those who may not know what I’m talking about, sports teams – as well as individual athletes – from the area have won countless division, regional, north half and state championships. But the thing is – this happens every year without fail. Annually, our five-county coverage area is filled with what I like to call “trophy getters.”

I get it … winning trophies is not the end-all, be-all. Learning to become better people and treating others the way we want to be treated are much more important.

Trophies collect dust and are many times stored away and forgotten. But the kind of people we become in life is what’s really important. To that end I am proud of the coaches and faculties that lead these young folks. Yes, it’s ultimately the parents job to raise their children correctly. But it sure is nice to know that the coaches and teachers we entrust our kids to every day are high-quality people who want the same thing for them as we do.

Most of all, I’m proud to represent the Crossroads area as the sports editor for the Daily Corinthian. Although I’m on their payroll my employer would agree that I really work for our readers.

I always wondered why, as a kid growing up here, why the kids in my generation wanted to get out of Corinth as fast as they could as soon as they walked the stage and received their diplomas. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to explore and see what’s out there, and I have lived other places in my life as well, though some of that I had no control over.

But I love my hometown. I love the people in it. I love the fact that we are known as one of the most hospitable communities in the state. Yes, there are more things to do in larger cities and towns, but all I need or want is right here. I love my job, although to me it’s more of a way of life. I truly enjoy what I do for a living.

I’m proud to be a Corinthian.

Until next time …

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