SUPER BOWL SUNDAY AND GRATITUDE!!!
Here's your gratitude assignment today, sports fans: When we watch opposing teams come together and chase the pigskin across the turf I invite you to see the similarities in your own life. Are there moments when you think you have the ball firmly gripped and are running toward a touchdown and then WHAM - all of a sudden you're laying flat on your back staring up at the heavens and all of your teammates are staring down at you?
When we watch this being played out on the big-screen, there is a great sense of relief when the player gets up. Even if they're hobbling or taking a ride on the emergency golf cart. Fans on both sides of the stadium stand up to cheer. Some of us even send up prayers of healing so our boys can kick his butt again, when he's stronger. Many of us like the competition in sports and the camaraderie and close knit connection within our community.
I have spent a few moments on the ground wondering what the heck happened as my fingers stretched painfully for the missing piece that I thought I held so close to my heart. I'm sure you have, too! When we find ourselves in an unconscious state, we often want to look around and search for someone or something else to blame for our fall. Then we step into the dangerous backslide of shoulda, woulda and coulda.
In the locker room the coach will show the replay and point out the holes and the openings to give the fallen teammates the lessons of hindsight and awareness. This opens up their peripheral so they understand and see all the options they have available to them in the millisecond of making a decision. They don't stay in a state of blame and loss. They come back together with a new energy and fierce bond that locks arms with all who support them. Wives, parents, children, teammates, fans, reporters and even opposing members in the game feel the connection and dedication.
So, next time you are in the prone position missing your goal and having a hard time catching your breath, look up and see who is supporting you, encouraging you, applauding your success and willing to help you find the ball and kick some ass! Get up! You can do it! I have faith in you! You are strong!