If Life Were More Like Football: A Sense of Community


I've been to a lot of college football games over the last 10 years and that experience comes with its good and its bad.  I have been accused of being quite the optimist, so I tend to focus on the good.

For instance, when a lot of folks get together to cheer on their team, there is a certain sense of community that is not duplicated in the "real world".  In Auburn, if you see someone wearing orange and blue at a football game, you typically greet them with a War Eagle! 

In the stands we high five strangers after a big play and maybe even share a hug for a really big play. 

This past weekend, Nicole and I stopped to eat at Mellow Mushroom after the game on our way out of town.  We waited about 20 minutes for a table.  Then, when we were seated, a guy we did not know ask if he and his wife could sit down at our table to eat their pizza.  We had no problem with this and ended up enjoying conversation with our new "friends". 

My simple observation: Perhaps we need to be more like college football fans in the real world.  Exchange greetings with strangers.  Offer up a high five.  But, you may want to be a little more selective before handing out hugs. 


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