Taking the Time to Look Up

When Sam was 5 years old, I coached him in soccer. It was a time where the kids could be as creative as possible while limited coaching occurs (basically tell them to go in the right direction and get the ball). Sam was an interesting player. In 3 games he had two goals, but this last game he did things that most 12-year-old players don’t do. He took the time to look up.

Look UpThe concept of looking up is taught at all levels of the game. In this game, Sam would get the ball and stop to look around and see where the other kids were and which way he needed to go. He was the only player on the team to do this. His goal in this game came after he dribbled the ball down the field and stopped to look where the goalie was and shoot the ball where the goalie wasn’t. Of course having played soccer for so many years I am well familiar with looking up and finding the right course. It’s a concept all of us should take note of.

Look Up In Life

What if we took a moment in our day to look up? What if when we looked up we were able to see what direction we should go. I know in my personal life I do NOT look up enough. I don’t take the time to ensure that the course I’m on is correct. This is a critical time for all of us and I believe that we need to look up more and take notice of what is happening around us. It is also critical for us to chart a course that will lead us to safety and happiness.

I’m glad that Sam looked up in his soccer game as it inspired me to do so in my life.

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