I have witnessed several situations over the past month that have really made me *think* about this and believe even more deeply that style does matter. I am actually not talking about the run itself, I am talking about how you conduct yourself and your attitude and the gratitude/grace with which we lead our lives in every moment.
I was blown away about a month ago when a competitor who I admire (and this is probably why) was proud to be on the podium with such an esteemed group of handlers. The attitude wasn't all about how great she is, or how great the dog is, it was about recognizing her fellow competitors as well. She lifted others while lifting herself. Was she proud of herself for being there? I don't know for sure, but I am bet she was. The statement was classy and I see that attitude from her ALWAYS. It helps me admire her and learn from her.
Too me this speaks to the moments of competition that I love.
Style points also count outside the ring, walking the course, coming into the ring, leaving the ring, in class, or just alone on the field.
My hero's in agility are truly those people who excel at handling/training, but are also kind and gracious in every moment. You see them in class and they lift you up, you see them at trials and they lift you up. They live their lives by doing the right thing ALWAYS. Being kind to both people and animals.
Some days I am far from a kind person. But, I always try to re-center myself. I am the most proud of myself when I am kind and lift others no matter what.
So, a reminder to myself, "Style does Matter"!
Surround yourself with only people that will lift you higher! - Oprah Winfrey
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. Booker T. Washington