A Winning Balance
23 Oct, 2012
I have been blessed with three healthy, active kids and for that I am thankful to God each day. But sometimes I forget the other blessings God has given me when chauffeuring a car load to one more event. That doesn’t even take into account my schedule or my husband’s. Someday’s I feel I spend more time in the car than I do anywhere else.
Our kids aren’t overwhelmed with activities but with five of us, that could range from five or more events in any given week.
For the past eight Sunday afternoons, we’ve been shuffling between flag football and soccer, usually played at the same time on opposite ends of the park. During the week we’ve had flag football and soccer practices, church volleyball league, cub scouts events, church events, mom and me preschool, volunteering and organizing a Mission Kids’ Christmas party. Lately, there has been a lot of fast food, shot nerves, and lost patience but just as many smiles, cheering and life lessons learned. Through the rush of life, I came to realize that my children aren’t the only ones learning valuable life lessons.
What I’ve learned from my kids’ active lifestyle:
1. It feels great to be on a team. Developing new friendships along the way makes it even better.
2. Winning isn’t everything, but having fun is.
3. If you don’t practice, you won’t get any better.
4. Being late isn’t as terrible as losing patience and hurting feelings.
5. It is easy, and rewarding, to encourage others.
6. Sitting on the sidelines and letting someone else have the spotlight is an exceptional tool.
7. Sometimes we have to feel the pain, to find the glory.
8. It isn’t always a glorious, fun job but the reward is priceless.
9. Optismism can help win, cockiness can help lose.
10. If things get crazy, you can always take a time out.