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You Never Walk Alone

How the Liverpool FC Anthem applies to Business, Life and Fatherhood.

For those of you that have never had the experience of European Football, it is an amazing sensory overload. Coming from a background of predominately American sporting experiences, it is a complete recalibration of what a sporting event entails. The songs, chants, pre-game spectator rituals, and unique geographical placement of rivaling sporting clubs and fans is unlike anything in the world.

As a Liverpool FC fan, returning from my annual trip across the pond with my faithful group of Red's supporters; and having heard the resounding rendition of You Never Walk Along sung by a stadium of 54,000 strong. I was pondering the meaning of the lyrics and its relation in all the main areas of my life. For those of you unfamiliar with the song it goes like this:

When you walk through a storm Hold your head up high And don't be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm There's a golden sky And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind Walk on through the rain For your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on With hope in your heart And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on With hope in your heart And you'll never walk alone

You'll never walk alone

For the fans, it has been a decades old tradition of reminding their players that they are with them on their journey on the field. This song has been sung by a hundreds of artists since its release in 1945, to include the likes of Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Presley and many more. Eliciting feeling of hope and support for anyone that listen to its melodic delivery.

In our daily lives it is frequent that we can feel alone on our journey. We often experience emotions in a bubble, closing ourselves off to outside support and help. As a business owner, parent and spouse in a world filled with distraction, stressors and responsibility, the reminder of the surrounding support is invaluable. The action step in this realization is to embrace the support that surround each of us. Often, asking for help, which can be difficult for many of is the verbal catalyst to spark other into providing support and guidance when needed.

There is however a flip side to this coin. The realization that the comment "You Never Walk Alone" applies also to the fact that we do not operate in a bubble. Our actions, comments and decisions play an integral role in the lives of those closest to us. Regardless of wether or not we wish for that responsibility, it is thrust upon us, and me must recognize this reality and react accordingly. Someone we care about is always watching us, and often in need of us to walk along side of theme through their internal storms.

We live in a world of connection that frequently succeeds in blinding us to our connectedness. Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart and you never walk alone! You never walk alone.

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