One moment in time, one strike away, one swing of the bat and the baseball season was over for the Red Sox. One day in August, one Hurricane they called Irene, one week without electricity. Two events so dissimilar and yet they both provide the same lesson.
The Red Sox were 9 games ahead of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays when Hurricane Irene struck. The Sox seemed to be in the driver’s seat headed to the playoffs and possibly the World Series.
One month later they sat in the locker room their season was over with only a single hope to play another day. There they waited for their most hated rival the New York Yankees to win a game. What they could have done, and what they failed to do, was win. Their future was now in the hands of the New York Yankees. The Yankees lost and the Sox went home for another long and cold winter with the bitter taste of failure and nobody to blame but themselves.
For a week before hurricane Irene blew into Connecticut we were told it was coming. The impending hurricane was all over the news with words of caution and advice. We were told we could loose power for extended periods.
Some people prepared, they consumed some of their frozen foods and purchased provisions to sit out the storm and related damage that was expected. After the winds past many were without power and they toughed it out, made due and went on with their lives.
Some folks after the storm did what the Boston Red Sox did they waited and expected some one else to bail them out. Did they have the foresight to insure their property, and prepare, did they take responsibility for their own lives and future?
The Yankees failed the Sox but our State government took the other road. A road to government dependency, creating an atmosphere of a nanny State where you can expect the government to insure you for your failures and shortcomings.
Connecticut decided to hand out money and create an atmosphere of opportunity for personal financial gain in the name of storm aid. Aid that was delayed longer than the loss of electricity, aid that was unwarranted, and aid that has contributed to establishing and continuing a class of government dependency families.
These were times for individual and team responsibilities. This was an opportunity to take personal responsibility for your own future. The failure was not the New York Yankees, the failure was not CL&P, and the real failure was the lack of personal performance and responsibility.
The real teachable moment here is one for this generation and the next. Strength comes from within, and preparation prevents poor performance.