Within two minutes of the Gator's losing tonight, Justin's phone starts going off. Either people know me really well and to leave me alone... or just don't care about basketball because I did not want to be bothered.
After my optimistic husband always reminds me by saying, "at least it is just a game," which always gets me mad...I had to stop and think.
This morning, both of my babies had a soccer game...they both lost but played their hearts out. Tonight the Florida Gators played. They played for a spot in the National Championship. They lost. They are disappointed. Their fans are very disappointed. Their coach is disappointed. There are thousands of people who are disappointed.
When I was once again reminded that all is well by Justin, I had to stop and think. I am a VERY competitive person (shocking.... I know for those of you who know me)....I want to win! I have to try and tone myself down when I am at the kids soccer games. I have to remember that when Justin and I have a "friendly" match...it is just for fun. But then...what is wrong with wanting to win?
As humans, we have a desire to please. We have a desire to want to exceed. We want to win!
In our short years of marriage we have witnessed friends and family with cancer. We want them to win! We want them to beat it! We have experienced and witnessed difficult times in relationships. We want them to win! We want them to beat it! We have experienced many deaths. As hard as it it....we want them to win! We want them to beat it! We are assured that they are better now then they were here on earth. Humans have a natural desire to WANT TO WIN!
As I continue to think about it...I keep hearing myself saying..."want to win," but then I need to also say, "I do not want to lose." Winning can have MANY different meanings. Tonight, Billy Donovan mentioned in an interview that his team is full of winners because of the challenges that they faced all year.
Billy Donovan's speech once again...made me think. Yes, they lost. They were trying to precede to the National Championship. They lost... but... they also won. They beat the odds. There were SO many teams that had wished for THEIR spot. With the hardships that they faced all year, they overcame them...they are winners and should be proud of themselves.
When I heard coach speak, I had to ask myself, "what can I NOT lose?" I am already a winner. I have achieved so much in my short life....yes, again, if you know me...I want a lot more, however, I feel blessed. Being a winner at one thing does not mean that I do not want to lose the next thing. The Gators did not win tonight, but as hard as it is for them right now...they have SO much ahead of them. As hard as it is for me at times to think about what on earth is coming next....I know that my game is not over. My championship has not even began or started. I have not lost nor will I.
My Repurpose for today : To not let my time run out where I see the end of my game as me being a loser....I will play until I can play no more.
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