“It was Henry Ford who said, “Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.”
An inspiring video making its way around the internet shows this to be true.
As TheBlaze reports, a Little League team from Cumberland, Rhode Island suffered a tough loss on Monday to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West in the Little League World Series. After mounting a five run comeback in the third inning, the team was unable to score again. They lost 7-6 and were eliminated from the tournament.
Following their loss, the clearly dejected Cumberland players surrounded their coach, Dave Belisle, in the outfield, and what they heard next moved many of the young men to tears.
“Heads up high. Heads up high,” Belisle’s speech began.
The veteran coach proceeded to deliver eloquent words of love, dedication, and pride – a message all of us could use a little more of.
“Listen, the only reason why I’ll probably end up shedding a tear is because this is the last time I’m going to end up coaching you guys. But I’m going to bring back with me… something that no other team can provide but you guys, and that’s pride,” he said. “You’re going to take back for the rest of your life what you provided for a town in Cumberland. You had the whole place jumpin’. Right? You had the whole state jumpin’. You had New England jumpin’. You had ESPN jumpin’. Ok?