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November 25, 2009


You've got the position description exactly right.

It's hard to say who your left tackles are because they're doing the job when you're not watching. I think it's the people who are defending you in conversations that you're not involved in, promoting you in circles you don't exist in, or reading your blog every day without commenting.

Every now and then you get a glimpse into what they're doing for you, just like the quarterback does during post-game analysis. That's when you know.

Great points Matt. Which makes their 'left tackling' that much more meaningful. In contrast to the football field their defending or promoting or supporting is done without expectation of remuneration.

Having just watched 2 of my boys finish their football seasons I am thrilled by your post. Especially since one son is a tackle. All the positions matter - some are just more noticeable. Just like people.

Can't wait to see the movie.

I liked what Matt had to say about our left tackles "promoting us in circles we don't exist in". My boys have a saying about "having your back". I don't always see or glimpse what my "tackles" are doing for me but I trust that they are all the same.

Saw the movie and am on the waiting list for the book at our library. LOVED the movie. It was powerful on so many levels. I'm looking forward to the book!

Matt, I love your comment: " I think it's the people who are defending you in conversations that you're not involved in, promoting you in circles you don't exist in, or reading your blog every day without commenting." You summed it up so very well! Excellent thoughts.

My sister in law dragged me to an advanced preview of this film. i wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised on several levels. Matt really hit the nail on head with his comment. The people who protect my blind side are the people who have my back, the people who are in my corner, the people who won't let me get sacked. Thank you Whitney for reminding us to think about who is protecting our blind side.

I agree with all of you.

I'm wondering too if our blind side is also protected when those who care about us speak as President Reagan did to Mr. Gorbachev?

Just last week, I had a dear friend show me something about myself that I was blind to? I didn't really want to see it, but she said it with such kindness, that I was willing to look.

Suddenly, I find myself wondering whom I serve as tackle for...and am I doing my job well enough?

We are most definitely 'left tackles' for our children as they learn to quarterback their lives. Who else?

I like the twist Lisle mentions, who are we left tackles for? That might be easier than figuring out who is protecting us.

I have definitely played Left Tackle at church this past year wrangling anywhere from five to eight 3 year-olds (the majority VERY energetic boys--my son included!) for two hours each Sunday. I come home exhausted, yet knowing that if it weren't for my tackles on the front row, the primary chorister and presidency surely would have been sacked by now!

Oh, and I must see this movie! I didn't realize it came from a book--must read that too! Thanks for the reminder.

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