Picture this… two large groups of people running amok and tossing and kicking a ball around, while they tackle each other to the ground, and hold on to each other as they push and shove the other group… basically running them over. And on the sideline you, as a “fan”, are supposed to be cheering and offering support… but for what?
When we first started dating, Pat was a part of that scenario… he was playing Rugby… and I was there to “cheer” him on. But I guess I didn't quite make my presence known on the sidelines, and Pat asked… “Why aren't you cheering me on? I can't hear you out on the field.” My reply… “I don't know what I'm supposed to be cheering for.” I really didn't understand the game and couldn't offer a lot of support… at least not anything that would make any sense.
Later that night at a Rugby party (two words that are synonymous with each other) a new womens' Rugby team was recruiting for players. So Pat had a brilliant idea… why don't I try out for the team? Even if I don't like it, at least I'll understand the game and be able to both enjoy the game more and offer Pat support from the sidelines.
So I signed up… and for the next six years both Pat and I had a wonderful time playing a very cool sport while supporting each other along the way.
Support and actually understanding where the other person is coming from are, in our opinion, two critical aspects of a great relationship… whether in a marriage, family, friendship, tribe or community.
Support and understanding is a huge part of what a tribe is all about… and the tribe that we support and where we receive support in turn.
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