As I sit here at the computer tonight, I cannot stop thinking about what happened in Las Vegas just a little over 72 hours ago. I cannot imagine what some of the families who lost a loved one are feeling tonight. I cannot imagine the terror and agony those that survived are going through right now. I know they are thankful the good Lord spared their life, but “normalcy” may have exited from their dictionary that night. I cannot imagine the mental and emotional trauma this event caused, not only those that were shot or injured, but also the psychological suffering the first responders, fire rescue, and the law enforcement officers dealt with that night, and will continue to deal with the rest of their lives. This event will forever change the lives of hundreds, thousands, and potentially even millions. Yet our most pressing concern around here is winning a football game.
In addition, we are not too far removed from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Some of the families of our players and coaches were directly affected by these two massive storms. Some suffered structural damage to their homes and/or jobs, as a result of the wind and flooding that were caused by these monumental storms. Can you imagine losing your home and all your belongings? I think about those who live on the islands southeast of the state of Florida. I think about those that live in Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas. I’ve seen the pictures and have read the stories of how people perished in these storms and how it may take weeks, months, and maybe even years to reconstruct the hardest hit areas of this storm. Can you imagine being without food or clean water for longer than 24 hours, much less days and weeks? Yet, our most pressing concern around here is winning a football game.
Folks, don’t hear me wrong! I HATE losing. I lie awake at night thinking about what we’ve experienced so far this year, on the field. My staff and I are working harder than we’ve ever worked before for these boys and this program. We continue to analyze our day-to-day operations and do all we can to turn this thing around. That’s what we’ve been consumed with the last few weeks. For some reason, we’ve just not experienced victory on the scoreboard, up to this point. With that being said, when I think about what really matters in life, I can honestly say, "I am thankful for my life right now.” Am I happy or even satisfied with how things have gone this season? No! Heck no! Yet, millions all over this country would give anything for their only worry to be “winning a football game.”
What I am trying to say? Winning football games is important for us around here! However, sometimes I think the Lord allows you to go through storms in your life to help your “perspective” on life. While I’ve lost sleep, and will continue to lose sleep, at our lack of success on the field this year, I am thankful for all God has blessed me. He’s blessed me immensely. I have a beautiful wife. I have THE best and coolest son in the whole world. I have one of the best jobs in the world, in that I get to teach young men about life, through the “vehicle” of football. Folks, I AM BLESSED! WE ARE BLESSED!
Sometimes life doesn’t always go like you want it to go. Sometimes what you work so hard for just doesn’t happen the way you want it to happen. However, it is in those times where we HAVE to remain positive and keep “burning the midnight oil” to make things better. We have to continuously take notice of and verbalize our gratitude for the things we DO have, and try not to let the things we DON’T have consume our time and energy. We are disappointed around here for sure, but we refuse to allow it to consume our attitudes in the locker room, on the practice field and on the game field. We have some unbelievable young men on our football team. Some of the most enjoyable young men I’ve ever been around in my 20+ years of coaching. I’ve encouraged my coaching staff to keep working hard, keep trying to improve our weaknesses, and keep striving for excellence. However, when you think about at the end of the day what type of husbands, fathers and citizens of the community we are building we can easily rest our heads at night; knowing this program is about building a culture of love, BELIEF, and BROTHERHOOD and nothing will separate what we have.
This week we head down to Walton High School to face a 6-0 team who is playing as good as any team in our region right now. We have a lot of respect for this program and look forward to heading down there in less than 48 hours. I hope you will choose to join us! We need you there. We are a family. We appreciate your support at home and hope you choose to spend your Friday night with us down in Cobb County as well.
As we end another edition of the “2017 Coach’s Corner” I just want to remind you all of this one thing. WE ARE BLESSED! We have clean running water! We have food on our tables! We have electricity! We have family! We have each other! We HAVE more than we need to achieve happiness. Don’t think about what you don’t have. Focus your thoughts and energy on what you DO have and I promise you’ll experience joy like never before. Accentuate positivity and drown out negativity! Don’t forget to pray for those mentioned at the beginning of this article. They need our prayers, our time, and our talents. I hope you’ll consider reaching out somehow and some way to those in need in those areas. Use what you’ve been blessed with to be a blessing to #OTHERS!
Thanks for reading and thanks for supporting us week in and week out! I sure do love and appreciate you!