Just as good coach promotes good principles, a good writer promotes good principles as well. I don’t think we realize how kids are influenced by stories that seem to glamorize bad things. 

I am big fan of Agatha Christie and enjoy the Hercule Poirot stories and certainly the TV series with David Suchet  that I get on Britbox. Perhaps more than many other mystery stories, Poirot is certainly a detective with good values.

Suchet plays Poirot with the slightest facial expressions at times. There is sympathy in his eyes when he is working with someone who has been wronged. You can see more subtle emotions in his demeaner when he turns the tables on someone who is hiding their guilt. He proves to others in a room just who is guilty. His face changes and he becomes intense. During the episode,  Poirot may have had his suspicions, but his facial expressions don’t give them away until it is time for the “revealing moment.” 

Poirot is a master at self control. He enjoys good food and drink. He is extremely clean and his clothing is impeccable.  He takes very good care of himself and he seldom loses self-control, but occasionally Colonel Hastings habits get under his skin. 

There are many good things we can learn from Poirot! I mention these here. 

At Sporting Chance Press, we are more at home communicating about things like self-control in our sports books. In our Baseball’s Winning Ways our author writes about many things related to baseball including a number of baseball principles or virtues that young athletes are exposed to when they learn the game. One of the principles that good baseball (and all sports for that matter) coaches promote is self control. Think of how our habits can enhance our ability to play or reduce our ability to play. Baseball is loaded with stories about talented players that ruined their careers because they could not control themselves. Bad habits did them in. Baseball also have many success stories–some of those we had in our books.