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Permission to Speak Freely by Doug Crandall, Matt Kincaid

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12

THE PROMISED LAND

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

—MAYA ANGELOU, RAINBOW IN THE CLOUD

BRUCE BROWN, THE LEGENDARY COACH AND TEACHER we’ve mentioned in this book, has built up a lifetime of wisdom cultivating cultures. He’s coached hundreds of athletic teams ranging from football to basketball to baseball to volleyball. His former players have gone on to play at Harvard and in the NBA, and to coach in the NFL.* Like a lot of gym teachers, he’s an unbeatable badminton player. One afternoon, about ten years into his education career, he was on his way to a volleyball practice with “bad day” written all over his face. It wasn’t a sad sort of bad day; for some reason ...

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