The Creator’s Game and its Lessons
The Creator’s Game originated from the Haudenosaunee people. They called it “Baggataway”. It was used for social, political, and religious purposes. The Creator presented Baggataway as a gift to the people. Baggataway had the ability to gather great numbers of the Haudenosaunee people to please the gods, prepare for war, settle disputes, and unite communities. The game we know now as lacrosse was derived from these people, their way of life, and the great “game” that they played. However, calling it a game does not show Baggataway the proper respect it deserves as it was and is an integral part of the Haudenosaunee culture.
It is more than just a game.
Lacrosse as we know it today is a beautiful instrument that can be played and coached in a way that teaches young players how to prepare for life. Here are some life lessons that lacrosse can teach:
-Finding your strengths will lead to success.
-You get as much out of something as you put into it.
-To become brave, one must admit fear and overcome it.
-Learning from mistakes is the road to success.
-The Importance of Perseverance.
-The Value of Communication.
- Anticipation is a better strategy than reacting.
There are definitely more life lessons to be found in the game of lacrosse, but those are a few I've been lucky enough to find during my experience with the game.
The last lesson I'll share is that gratefulness fuels growth and opportunity.
Be grateful for The Creator’s Game, where it came from, what it has become, and what it will continue to be as it grows and evolves.
I am and will remain grateful.