Crystal Clear Moments



Hola everyone!

Been stressful lately (what is new!!) so not much posting. But I do have something positive to write during this time of very negative behavior following our presidential circus.

Several days back, I finally attended an event in my local area for a charitable event for women surfers. It was called the Florida Women of the Waves event and it was a nice break from the mayhem of my life.

So this event had a movie by a local photographer and the second night there was a cook out by my hotel. Like many events, there was a raffle. Many of the attendees had long strands of raffle tickets and were ready to reap the prizes that were on offer.

So the raffle began and a few moments in, an old friend of mine named Crystal had won a prize. Surprisingly, she was soon picking up another prize and then another! Everyone clapped and cheered and some were amazed by her great luck.

Crystal was an extremely talented surfer in the 80s and had won many contests. She was on the Eastern Surfing Associations All-Star Team and we became good friends over the years. She sat down by me and we spoke about some of the rough times she had been going through lately. I joked with her about her good luck in the raffle and said she should go out and buy tickets for our state lottery.

But, I never told her about my real thoughts of the incident.

You see, Crystal would win a prize and smile and go up and accept her gift. She thanked the team conducting the raffle and waved at the crowd. Then she walked off and looked at her winnings and then looked at the people around her.

What she did next shows why Crystal is a champion.

After looking at her new winnings, she would get up and approach someone else we knew. I saw her speak to them and then offer them her prize.

Crystal did this with everything she won.

Having character is what makes someone a winner. The richest person can lack the ability to be an example of gratitude and to show compassion.

It does not take a crystal ball to know this.


About 1stpeaksteve

Welcome to The Side Wedge! The Side Wedge is a product of the journey through life of Steve Zima. Former professional surfer, a writer, surf coach, and hospitality manager. This is a collection of travel tips, motivation, and stories from my past. Finally, I offer surf coaching through The Side Wedge. Please feel free to contact me with questions if you want to improve your performance today! Thanks for reading!
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