FULL DISCLAIMER: When I’m with my kids at public venues, I’m a little on edge. I’m extremely protective of them.

It’s my daughter’s birthday. My wife planned a birthday event and we’re all at this kid-friendly venue. It’s happiness in the air! Family and friends are socializing and having a great time!

As I was floating back and forth between family/friends and where the kids were, someone had bumped me. I knew it was a mistake, and consequently I didn’t even look at that person. As a result of the bump, I fell into someone else. I issued an immediate apology. This person looked me square in the face (one foot away) and said, “GET THE BLEEP UP OFF ME, PUNK!”

At this point, I wish I could report I behaved like Gandhi, and walked away. I didn’t! In fact, I responded in like kind. I went from a very happy (Dr. Jekyll) to a very bad (Mr. Hyde) person. NOT GOOD! After the incident quelled, I apologized to everyone involved.

LESSON LEARNED: No one is perfect. We all slip from time-to-time. It’s important to accept responsibility, apologize, move on and correct your behavior in the future.

About the author 

Coach Berry

John Berry (a.k.a. Coach Berry) has been a basketball coach and skill development trainer since 1993 and has coached hundreds of games and instructed 1,000’s of kids. Coach Berry is, and always has been committed to helping youth in life and on the basketball court.