Perspective: Winter Cheer

Rooting for others to succeed instead of fail


Published:

LOGAN CYRUS

THE CAROLINA SKIES are so brilliant in winter that they make your eyes water. Cold, clear blue makes up for those gray, drizzly days that make me wish it would go ahead and snow already. 

There’s something about snow days that feels like permission to suspend all the usual plans and have some fun. 

I get the same feeling when the Charlotte marathon winds through our neighborhood every year. Nobody is going anywhere except the runners—the streets are closed for the race—so we take the morning off and go over to The Plaza to cheer the marathoners on toward the 19-mile mark. 

Cheer Station No. 9 knows how to lift runners’ spirits. More than 100 people gather to yell and ring cowbells and wave irreverent signs and see neighbors we haven’t seen in a while. There are kids everywhere, and dogs keep a hopeful eye on the pancakes the kids demolish. The Loose Lugnuts band plays in someone’s driveway. 

Many of the runners wear earbuds and listen to their own soundtrack, and may not hear any of our excitement at all. But some brighten and pick up their pace.

Think about it. Streets all over Charlotte were filled with people cheering on other people. Cheering for strangers to succeed. Not rooting for someone else to fail. 

What a gift. 

ALIX FELSING is an executive coach, teacher, and editor. She helps people navigate change more effectively. Reach her at alix@alixfelsingconsulting.com.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

#discussCLT Podcast: Episode 31, Basal Coffee

The Failed Amazon Bid and Charlotte’s Achilles Heel

Charlotte’s pride took a hit Thursday morning when the city was excluded from the list of potential sites for Amazon’s eastern headquarters. But the reason for the exclusion isn’t hard to figure out.

PHOTOS: Charlotte's First Snow Day of 2018

Wrestling the Fake News Monster

A panel of local journalists took part Thursday in a discussion at the Levine Museum of the New South. How have digital media and charges of ‘fake news’ changed how reporters report, and consumers consume?
Edit ModuleShow Tags