All Good Things Come to an End…

Basketball.

Our last game was today.

My last day as a coach.

It’s bittersweet.

I had such a good time, getting to know the boys and watching them grow as players. It was truly an honor to watch.

My son broke his finger yesterday playing football at school, so he didn’t get to play. He was bummed, but was very gracious through it all.

We lost all of our games except the last one. It was fun to watch the boys grow and progress. The last game was fun to watch as the boys moved the ball well and had great shots. We had a party afterwards to celebrate our season. More importantly, their characters grew.

The only significant thing about the present moment is who you become in the process, and the impact you have on others.

I hope the boys had fun and learned something despite my ignorance of the game. I will truly miss seeing them! Thanks, boys, for giving it your all each and every day! I wish you all the best in the future!

Today Do Something for Yourself…

Today I read a book.Image result for reading a book with coffee in hand

Usually I only read kids books out loud to my kids.

I finally ordered a book on Amazon that I’ve been wanting for a while and that I had gotten tired of waiting on the library for it to come in.

Chasing Excellence by Ben Bergeron (Review HERE)

It’s a fantastic book full of nuggets I needed to hear at this point in my life.

I had a million other things crying out for my attention:  laundry, dishes, paying the bills, etc.

Instead, I sat at my kitchen table, coffee in hand, cat in lap, and read.  Relaxing.  Fulfilling.  Restful.  More productive than chores around the house.  I fed the soul and the mind.  What else is better use of my time?

I encourage you to take a bit of time for yourself today doing something you’ve been putting off that you’ve wanted to do for a while.  Slow the pace.  Breathe in the silence.  Merge it with your soul.  Enjoy the moment.

You’ll be glad you did.

The Hoot of an Owl…

Muffled stepsImage result for great horned owl

A triangle three

Calling, calling

Who can it be?

Soft and gentle

Strong and smooth

The call arresting

Why would I move?

Stop and listen

The stillness echoes

You may learn something

And feel a bit more mellow!

I was walking my dog early this morning.  It snowed last night so our steps were muffled.  Three Great Horned Owls were calling (I think–I only could find 2 in the trees).  I love owls.  I love to listen to them.  They are so majestic.  So serene.  So cool!  A marvel in their Creation!

Listening to these fabulous birds call in the night, I felt overwhelmingly blessed.  To be able to walk my dog.  To be able to see nature in my backyard.  To overhear a private conversation.  It was probably either two mates calling to each other or a territorial ploy or a mix.  Either way I still wondered what they were saying in such synchronistic harmony.

Animals in all their glory humble me.  For always being who they were created to be.  No noise in their thoughts to distract them.  Living life simply and wonderfully.  Without complaint.  Despite the cold and the starkness all around.  Indifferent to what is happening around them and with other creatures or things.

Just living…

A goal I want to pursue.

In a Coffee Shop

In a coffee shop

Alone but not.

Steaming hot liquid

Delectably addictive.

Surrounded by stories

Some fun, some gory.

Connected by threads

Invisible shreds.

Contented–

Indeed, life is splendid.