Football: It’s Just a Game

When I told my husband this morning that I was going to write my blog about college football and the subject would be It’s Just a Game he immediately said:  “Some of your readers might had agree with you on this one!”

You see, yesterday my beloved Georgia Bulldogs (aka: the Dawgs) were beat by their longstanding, arch rival – the Florida Gators in a very surprising upset. The Bulldogs have been having a great season with talk from the broadcasting community that we had a promising shot as the SEC champions this year.

And then there was the Gators…

…they have been having an awful season with most of their supporters, as well as our own, publicly stating that there was just no way they could win that game against the Georgia Dawg powerhouse! BUT…to the surprise of all, they did!!

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The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

as sports editor Bill Kastelz of The Florida Times Union coined it back in the 1950’s.

No one, I mean no one, saw this defeat coming. But it all came into perspective for me when my daughter-in-law texted me the following statement:

“Well, we (the Georgia Bulldogs) came out for the easy win…

…but the Gators came out to play!

 Many Long Faces

As I watched the college day wrap up on the CNS Sports Network this morning, I saw long faces on spectators from various teams across the country.  So, all of us Dawg fans were not the only ones who were sporting long faces after their team’s loss.  After all, there is most always a winner and a loser for each game.

But the looks on the faces of various team fans appeared that they were about to have either a heart attack or an emotional melt down.

Many die-hard sport enthusiasts truly take their games seriously:

  • They “live” for the next game, the next season, the next experience
  • They put other life responsibilities on hold to focus on the game
  • They invest tons of money to engage in the games
  • They place significant amounts of stress on themselves

 

I cannot tell you how disappointed and upset I was to lose that game; I am not going to lie to you. But this morning after I thought about it and looked at the distraught faces on the sports channel, this is what overwhelmed me:

At the end of the day, it is just a game.

At the End of the Day

I was talking to my cousin Jimmy about the game and he too is a huge Dawg fan – disappointed like all of us. When I told him what my daughter-in-law said he responded with, “That’s exactly right and the sun came up this morning.”  When we truly think

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about it we have to acknowledge that “our lives are a large collection of single days one right after the other. The sun rises, the sun sets, and it rises again. And in the end, the lives we chose to live will be determined by how we choose to spend each day.”[1]

For me I can sometimes get caught in the hustle bustle of each day wishing only for that day to be over thinking “tomorrow” will be different. Days can run into days, weeks into weeks, and months into months.  I can get so busy just getting through each day that I miss the moments of thriving with them.

Those opportunities are always present if we just look for them.

Isn’t that the truth? What we do with each of our days is totally up to us.  We can end it with a lack of appreciation for it, or we can grab hold of each moment that we have been blessed with and appreciate them all.

My Personal Example

In the past 9-10 months I have been extremely busy at my pediatric speech therapy clinic and with our work with Got Your BackPax Support Systems; for the first time in 17 years of operation, I have been short handed in terms of therapists which has resulted in my working longer, harder hours and has restricted me from taking any time off for needed R & R.

I can and have been getting myself worked up into a tizzy and at times feeling frustrated and angry: Angry that things are not going like I would like; Frustrated that I am tired and would like a vacation; Jealous that others seem to have so much time to relax, go out tot lunch, or just do whatever they like.

Sometimes I forget to count my many blessings – to appreciate what each day affords me. So I decided to make a list of why I should look at each busy, hectic day as a gift.  Here’s what I came up with:

  • I have a job with a decent income.
  • I have benefits and health insurance.
  • Each and every day a child eats or swallows better because of my work.
  • Every day a student learns a new skill that will make him or her a better learner.
  • A child will say his or her first word each day because I was honored enough to work with them.
  • Every day a person facing cancer goes to our website, reads my blog, receives a chemo care package that we developed, or tunes into our weekly podcast and receives support concerning their upcoming cancer treatment.
  • Each and every day I get to go home to a husband that loves me very much and a puppy dog that does too.
  • Every week I enjoy watching my grandkids play some type of sports and watch them grow into fantastic individuals.
  • And on & on….

 

Truly I could continue this list for another page or more. But I will just end it with a decision:  at the end of the day and whether I win or I lose, I will be thankful!

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Celebrating life today…

XOXO, Lucy

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[1] http://www.becomingminimalist.com/10-simple-steps-to-make-the-most-of-every-day/