Yesterday, my son’s soccer team lost their game.

It was a glorious sunny spring Sunday, and the kids played hard and fast. The other team happened to be bigger, faster and fiercer. It happens. You win some, you lose some.

As coach, I kept telling the kids, “It doesn’t matter if they’re bigger than us – we can be bigger up here.” Tap the temples. “We can be smarter. More strategic.”

Yes, I have a team of 6- and 7-year-olds who understand what it means to be strategic.

I preached it and they listened and they responded well to direction. They’re eager. They’re driven. They have fun playing the game.

But what does it really mean to be smarter, to out-strategize the other team?

I’m not sure, actually.

Because at the end of the day, you’ve got to run harder, cut them off as they dribble a straight line toward our goal, drag-back the ball to redirect it. Yes, that’s strategy, but it’s also might.

I’m pondering the be more strategic path. I believe it. I just have to figure out what it means.

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