It was Aristotle who said:
We are what we repeatedly do. Greatness then, is not an act, but a habit.
Perhaps it’s not the most exciting of maxim’s by which to live one’s life, to do so would involve a life of continuance and ennui…and for many of us it would lead to Schopenhauer’s view that:
Life is a constant process of dying
Bear with me here – it’s the constant unknowns, the willingness to take risks and follow the road less travelled that makes for a more interesting life.
Except where Coventry are involved. In which case, just keep doing the simple things well.
However repetitive it gets, keep repeating it over and over again.
Week after week.
Until it becomes a habit. A winning habit.
It seems Cov’s very own philosopher king, Phil Maynard, is a student of Aristotle and as recently as this week said:
follow our game plan and patterns, and build on the last three results
For, ‘…build on the last three results’, read, ‘…repeat all that was good from the last three games…until it becomes a habit’.
It’s 21st century Aristotle applied to the sport of egg chasing. Phil might not see it quite that way, but it is. And it’s a habit that could yet lead to greatness.
He’s spot on. And whilst this is not the most serious of posts, his message certainly is and it is one that Coventry would do well to take on board.
80 minutes of concentration, 80 minutes of the confident rugby that Cov have at times produced in the last three games, 80 minutes of players working for each other.
There’s no team in the league that could live with them if they can reproduce that. Remember pre-season?
London Welsh just managed to get over the finish line despite being on the ropes for long periods.
And Cardiff were totally demolished.
The players are beginning to believe in themselves again. And they only have to remember back to August to realise the potential this team has.
And having quoted from three of the greats, Aristotle, Schopenhauer and Maynard, I’ll end with a fourth…and someone whose wisdom I’ve quoted before…
… the visionary Sister Sledge.
Living life is fun and we’ve just begun
To get our share of the world’s delights
(HIGH!) high hopes we have for the future
And our goal’s in sight
(WE!) no we don’t get depressed
‘Cause here’s what we call our golden rule
Have faith in you and the things you do
You won’t go wrong….
We are family
Now Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edward (better known as members of the 70’s group Chic) are hardly household names, but hey, anyone who can write such consequential and enlightened words as the above deserves a place in the pantheon of the aforementioned greats.
High hopes we do indeed have for the future.
And our goal is well within our sights – a win and a bonus point to boot.
The golden rule from now on should be…
…to have faith in you and the things that you do…
…even when sometimes that don’t go according to plan.
Say…we are (Cov) family.