Perspective

In Miami this past week I picked up a copy of Sports Illustrated at work. The cover story was about Coach Ed Thomas - a prominent high school football coach that was senselessly gunned down during a weightlifting session at his school a few weeks ago.

The article was quite moving. You can read the entire article here.

In my mind, I kept returning to one key piece of the article over and over - so much that I had to bring it home with me. Here it is:

Next season the Falcons will have co--head coaches, Al Kerns in charge of offense, Jon Wiegmann in charge of defense. Kerns is a fiery motivator, Wiegmann a savvy strategist. But the person who will get the players through the summer and fall is still Ed Thomas. What he preached last season—in the words of Brandon Simkins, "To suck it up and go"—is applicable once again. When Thomas's older son, Aaron, met with the team last week, he told players to seek help if they needed it. But he also told them, "Don't use this as an excuse. Nothing is changing here."

The last line quoted here played in my mind over and over.

"Don't use this as an excuse. Nothing is changing here."

I can think of two or three specific major turning points in my life growing up where I wish someone had said that to me. I wasted a lot of time.

With age and experience, this concept comes pretty naturally. Even through the job upheaval this year I was calm to the point that I surprised even myself. I never lost faith that things would somehow work out just as they will again. I think you just get to a point where you roll with whatever is thrown at you because you can't just throw your hands in the air and freak out when you have so many people depending on you.