So, today I am going to play in a provincial tournament with a team that invited me out to join them. That is exciting, and I'm happy that I get to play with a friend whom I haven't seen much of this year. He is a super guy: in fact, he is one of the best people I know. That's the great part...
The not-so-great part is that I have to play with a former teammate from my competitive mens team. He left the team for his own personal reasons, one of which included him choosing to blame particular players on our team for its lack of success; I happened to be one of those people in his mind.
So, here's the lesson in from sports that transfers into real life: You won't always like or respect the people you work/play with, and they might not like you, but you will have to work/play with them, regardless.
I have to play with this guy today, and I am not happy that he has thrown me under the bus and disrespected me, but while we are on the field this weekend I will play ball with him and be a good, supportive teammate. Why? Because it is what is best for the team.
Team work is important to part of any collective, whether social, work, sports or anything else, you have to be a good teammate. You don't have to like your teammates (although it clearly helps on many levels), but you have to work with them for the betterment of the team.