If you haven’t heard this quoted as of late, I’m proud of you because that means you are out of touch with television and the internet. For everyone else, it was almost impossible to escape and still again this week. “I’m coming home”, was the last line of Lebron James’ final statement in a letter to Sport Illustrated about why he left the Miami Heat.
I don’t pretend to be a basketball fanatic. Trying to predict who will win the next championship or comparing Lebron to Michael Jordan is just a waste of my time. What I do care about is the reason Lebron James decided to come back to Cleveland. In the letter to Sports Illustrated he recaps his decision to first coming to Miami, what he learned being at Miami, and lastly why he decided to go back to Cleveland (read the letter here).
To make it as brief as I can make it he chose to return to Cleveland because he believes he can transform the city and bring life to a city that desperately needs help. His “calling goes above basketball” as he states in the letter. The reason I respect his decision the most is because what Lebron is trying to do transcends basketball entirely. He wants to use basketball as an avenue to give kids hope and to remind them “there is no better place to grow up”.
This goes back to what I was talking in our last blog post. I mentioned how important it is to have a goal and purpose that has nothing to do with being able to workout faster or look better naked. Yes, those things make us feel better and are important to make sure you are improving physically but my desire is that you develop a more meaningful purpose for training. At the end of the day you will get older and not be able to perform as well as you are today. When I ask you what you love most about CrossFit I want to hear that you love CF because it has given you enough strength to lift your grandchildren from the floor, enough energy to play outside with your kids, and enough confidence to walk into an interview to ask for a raise. It’s these things that I care about most.
I will leave you with the final paragraph of Lebron’s letter. I couldn’t have said it better:
But this is not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have. I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home. -Lebron