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Remembering John Wooden

Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden has died at the age of ninety-nine. Though he won ten national championships, he was so much more than a basketball coach. He was a great educater who never stoppd teaching.

A man of excellent character and honor, folks from where I grew would say, "He was good people."

Following are a few of my favorite quotes from Coach John Wooden:

"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are."

"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."

"Adversity is the state in which man mostly easily becomes acquainted with himself, being especially free of admirers then."

"Material possessions, winning scores, and great reputations are meaningless in the eyes of the Lord, because He knows what we really are and that is all that matters."

"Be quick. But don't hurry."

"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."

Lastly, here is one of the self-written poems Wooden used to recite to himself when trying to fall asleep at bedtime:

The years have left their imprint on my hands and on my face
Erect no longer is my walk and slower is my pace
But there is no fear within my heart because I'm growing old
I only wish I had more time to better serve my Lord
But I've gone to human prayer, He has brought me inner peace
And soon my cares and problems and other worries cease
He's helped me in so many ways, He's never let me down
Why should I fear the future when soon I could be near His crown?
Though I know down here my time is short, there's endless time up there
That He will forgive and keep me in His ever loving care

Coach Wooden, you will be missed.