Seahawks' Playbook on Life

Even though I’m not a huge football fan, I enjoy watching people cheer for their teams. I’d just rather do something else during the game and then watch the highlights after it’s all over. For true football fans this makes absolutely no sense.

Last weekend this issue was spotlighted as family members gathered to watch the playoff game between our Seahawks and their archrivals, the San Francisco 49ers. Everyone in the room knew the game wasn’t going to be easy.

As my loved ones followed the action on the large-screen TV, I sensed their pain. I could see it on their faces and hear their moans. Close calls. Bad calls. Missed plays. Behind at halftime.

When the game became critical, my young grandson stepped outside and watched the game through the window. I asked him why. He said it was easier to be further away. I smiled knowingly, because I do the same thing—just not with football games.

I get into the middle of a tough challenge, suffer through some bad calls, missed plays, and when it’s really tough, I want to get away because it seems easier from a distance. But the action continues regardless of where I choose to be. And the farther away I am, the less effective I can be.

After awhile my grandson came back inside and settled on the couch to finish the game—even though it was tough to watch, wondering if his team would win. 

I’m going to remember this the next time life gets hard and I’m tempted to run away and watch from a distance. If I'm supposed to be in the game, then I’m going to stay right in the middle of the action and push through regardless of missed plays. Then maybe I can be like the Seahawks and have something amazing happen in the end zone and come away with the win. 

I guess I can learn some things from watching football.

Seahawks images curtesy of Bing.

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