For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
Don’t worry. This isn’t about to get all religious or anything. First of all, if you are reading this post from your mobile device while spending time with your family, I would strongly encourage you to put your phone down and come back to this post at a later time. If you’re working, then I would encourage you to get your work done, go to your family and spend time with them, then come back to this post at a later time. If you have no one to go to and you’re still reading this post, then I would encourage you to continue reading this post. Because I know how that feels and I hope maybe you can find some comfort/inspiration in this.
I am so blessed, for more reasons than I can name. But one which is particularly meaningful right now is that Coach allows me to go home for a week to spend time with my family and loved ones for Christmas. I always try to make the absolute most of this week, which is why I am writing this post while my mom gets ready, my sister is on her computer, my brother is running, and my dad is going to work for a few minutes to send the order.
I got home on Wednesday night and spent Thursday and Friday with the children in a special needs classroom at a local elementary school. I got put in this room back when I was a junior in high school, and I fell in love. These kids have my heart. I have been involved in this classroom for 7.5 years now. When I went to college 2.5 hours away, I still came home as much as I could, mostly to see my kiddos. Many kiddos have come and gone, but I still consider each of them to be my kids.
Basketball is my passion. I want to coach basketball for the rest of my life. There is one other thing that brings me as much joy as basketball: my kids. Each of these kids has a story and a special place in my heart. They are my motivation.
“Your precious smile,
Has many words.
Your bright eyes,
Could tell novels.
Your small hands,
Hold my heart.
The unsteady walk you have,
Makes me want to carry you.
But as strong as you are,
I know you will make it.
You have the hopes and dreams
Of us all.
And for you,
I stand up.”
I know that I have an amazing opportunity here in front of me to go and be whatever I want and to accomplish all that I can, while my kids sit back in their classroom having been written off by so many. The picture is of me and Anthony. It’s an old picture, about six years old. Anthony has moved and grown so much. Despite the fact that I haven’t seen him in years, Anthony remains as my motivation. So do all my kids: Cal, Jo, Kenz, Carter bug, Ptot, Liz, and so many.
Getting to spend Thursday and Friday with my kids at school was the best way to step back and remind myself of my priorities. I don’t really believe in work-life balance. Perhaps because I’m 23 and 800 miles away from anyone I know, so it’s pretty simple. But coming home reminds me that there are more important things than basketball, like making an impact, making a difference, and leaving a mark. Going to Young lets me do those things and re-center myself as I prepare for the second half of the season.
I hope that you will take some time to re-center yourself over these holidays and to spend time with what motivates you. Reminding myself of who I work for and why they matter allows me to pursue my career with abandon, knowing why I do what I do and knowing that what I do matters.
So to bring it all back, if you don’t have anyone to spend your holidays with, maybe you can choose to give of your time to those who need help. There are the stereotypical methods like going to a homeless shelter or feeding those who can’t afford it. There are also some other ways you could help. Go pay off someone’s layaway at Wal-Mart. Just a friendly smile, dump your change in the red pot with that annoying bell ringer. It is in giving that we receive, and it is especially helpful when we are lonely to give to others. It is so fulfilling. If you have family and loved ones to spend time with, go and do and love and serve. If you don’t, go and do and love and serve. Make a difference. It will turn this into the most memorable holiday.
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” I miss my kids more than anything, but I know my heart is with them and I know that by going after my dreams, I am standing up for them. I am making it for them. I am uncomfortable for them. I am lonely for them. If you find that group of people, that which motivates you to do more and be more, then you will know your treasure. And then you can make the biggest difference.