There is a time to let them fly and a time to clip wings.
There is a time to get involved and a time to stand back.
There is a time for correction and a time to sit back.
There is a time for trusting and a time to not trust.
There is a time for growing and a time for reflection.
There is a time to push and a time to hold on.
There is a time for success and a time for mistakes.
There is a time for helping and a time for learning.
There is a time for laughing and a time for tears.
There is a time for happiness and a time for sadness.
There is a time to stand up and is a time to walk away.
There is a time to fight and a time to stand down.
As an archery parent, it can honestly be said that all of these have been taught over the past five years. There have been very hard and painful moments. There have been triumphant joys and successes. The life lessons grow harder and more difficult as the archer climbs the ladder. There is no way to protect them from life lessons, in fact, it is not good to shield them from life lessons. Life lessons are always being taught, no matter our age.
Archery is a small community. It often reminds me of a small country town where everybody knows everybody. This makes for fun reunions at tournaments. The flip side of that coin, sometimes members of the community are not always correct or to be trusted. This is not stating that archery is a bad community. In fact, it is the opposite. It is a community that has proven to be worthwhile. Archery teaches life lessons.
Archery teaches life lessons. Archery has taught this parent, this human, this imperfect, often too trusting individual to rely on those that have and will always be honest and kind. It has taught a continued reliance on God and to trust in His plan, His will be done. We are all part of this community. Together we can grow or together we can destroy. This archery parent, this parent, chooses growth. Our reactions, how we teach our youth to work through situations is how they will grow into better archers. Ultimately, better people. Archery teaches life lessons.