The real driver behind the Sock Swag has much more to do with four people that chimed in about this silly little game. These people are the ones who have stepped into the ring with cancer and won the first round long before me, or are close to someone whose about to join the drummer in the ring.
I served with the two guys in the Air Force. Randy and I worked B-1s at Dyess Air Force Base. He served as a Hydraulics guy while I worked on the production staff. Gary and I crewed EC and WC-135s together while we were stationed at RAF Mildnehall, U.K. He was my immediate boss at one time.
Sue and Grace are two ladies I know through Rotary here where we live today. Sue stepped into the ring a few years ago, and Grace has a close family member who is donning the gear and preparing for her match. It is very possible that these four people have not crossed paths, yet they all share similar thoughts via comments on different Sock Swag posts on Facebook. Randy was first to reach out to me.
He’d seen one of the Sock Swag posts and mentioned that he was jealous that he did not come up with the idea first. He mentioned that the socks make for a fun little distraction, not only for the staff, but for all who are around. Any bit of humor and eccentricity can be great medicine for the soul. Just cuz it sucks doesn’t mean we cannot have a little with it along the way, right? Gary hit me up a day later.
He won his round two years ago, and said it was a positive attitude and prayer that led him through the valley of cancer. We chatted on the phone after the initial contact. We reminisced about our time at Mildenhall before getting to the subject at hand. He said he is deep in the Cajun state these days, and that I may receive a little offering of socks that would be all things Cajun. I am sure some Californians could rock the Cajun Sock Swag when given the chance. It is around this time that I start thinking about the Sock Game, and how to get the staff of both the Radiation and Chemotherapy practices to play my silly game. I stewed over these ideas for a couple of days before Sue reaches out to me.
“You have no idea how much you are inspiring the people around you.” was the comment Sue left under one of the Swag pictures. She is absolutely correct… I have no clue about how inspiring it may be at this point. This is what I do know: kids at the schools I teach at play my silly little sock game. They are eager to see who has better sock game each week. They win the game sometimes, but not all the time. My sock game is STRONG!!! Then there are adults at gigs. They get a chuckle out of the socks, and seem to be curious about what socks the drummer will be wearing. Taking my cue from others like Randy, Gary, and Sue, I believe Sock Swag can bring similar silliness to a world that can really suck for all involved. What do I have to lose by bringing the game? Not a damn thing! How big the impact will be is not known by the drummer. I just wanna play the game, put a smile on another person’s face, and offer up a small distraction that could make a big difference. Finally, Grace piped in.
She loves the sense of humor, and said she’ll suggest to her close family member to follow the lead and find that something that offers a smile and a diversion. I have nothing but encouragement for such ideas. There is more that is happening cuz of the Sock Swag, and my Wendy is making it happen.
First, she is the one that has scrounged up the socks I gave away in the previous post. Additionally, she is putting the word out at work about this silly little sock game. Some of her peers are watching on Facebook too. Her boss and the owner are extremely big on the people side of things. This is a rare thing to find today. They will support her efforts to collect silly socks we can share at the practices mentioned earlier. There’s a very good possibility we may not stop when my round with cancer is over.
Cancer sucks. Change my mind. One thing that really sucks is that cancer seems to get a lot of attention these days… especially once the NFL made cancer a big topic in October of recent seasons.
Cancer DOES NOT have a monopoly on suck.
There are a lot of diseases that debilitate and take lives far too early. Those who fight such battles deserve the same kind of Sock Swag, Sock Game, and Sock Love!!!
I am not saying this will be my life-long mission. I do not know how everything will go. I know these things for sure:
- I have cancer and must walk through the Valley of Cancer like Randy, Gary, and Sue before me
- Sock Swag and the Sock Game make people smile and give them something to look forward too.
- I while rock the socks, play the sock game, and inspire others to join in cuz it is fun to play and a wonderful distraction from something that sucks.
I ask one thing of you…
Be the eccentrifugal force that causes other people to smile. May you find that one thing that changes people for the better.
What is your eccentrifugal force?