Ask a man of greatness about the field on which he is privileged to compete and the answer is different. A man of greatness believes, as did the most esteemed gladiators of ancient Rome, that the field upon which he battles for honor and for dignity and for the love of being pushed to his limit, is sacred and holy ground.
Treat your playing field with respect. Take a moment and reflect upon all the great players who have stood on the same hallowed ground. Honor them with your effort. Each drop of your precious sweat (and perhaps a few drops of your even more precious blood) germinates the ground on which you stand. Your investment enables growth, improvement and full realization of your potential. Play as if one day the field will be named after you - then go forth and make it a reality! Your field serves as a testament to your greatness; defend it with your life.
From October 2010, http://raising-a-man.tumblr.com