This week, I am taking deliveries for my dad. I go knock on old peoples’ doors, tell them I’m David’s daughter, then they let me in, and I give them their drugs. Well, that’s not exactly how it goes, but it’s close enough. Most of these people have known my dad since long before I was born. Lots of them said they remembered me when I couldn’t walk and they would carry me around the pharmacy. Anyway, I took one delivery to a couple that has a grandson with special needs. This kid is incredible. He makes me laugh every time we get to hang out. I always have a smile on when I am around him. As I pulled away from the house, I thought about why I loved that kid so much. After a couple more deliveries and more awkward conversations, I decided that I love this kid because he lives passionately.
That was the phrase that came to mind. The more I thought about it, the more I began to understand that there is a common thread that exists in those special people in my life. Every single one of the kids at Young live passionately. You can see it when it’s snack time. You can see it when it is time to work. You can see it when we are playing. They may not all be passionate about the same thing, but they all illustrate passion. They live passionately. My mom and dad live passionately. My mom and dad work all the time, even on weekends. But I don’t think it is their work about which they are necessarily passionate. I think they are passionate about helping people. My dad’s friend is visiting in the store as I write this. He is a police officer. He is passionate about helping people in a variety of facets. Next week is choir camp. All those people there are passionate about music. More than that, guess what they are passionate about. Yep. Helping people. Trust me when I say that if they didn’t like helping people, they wouldn’t go to choir camp for a week.
Coaches are passionate people. Some of them are passionate about basketball in general. Some of them are passionate about defense or offense. Some just like to be in charge. But the most successful coaches, in my opinion, are the ones who are passionate about helping people. They live passionately. These are the coaches that are always performing acts of good will, that have their kids doing extra service work, that will do anything for the student-athletes. These are the coaches that I want to emulate. The cool thing about living passionately is that it isn’t limited to your profession. Teachers can be (and most are) passionate about teaching. But the best teachers, the ones that I remember the most, are the ones who are passionate about helping people. They are the ones who live passionately.
My goal today, this week, and the rest of my life is to live passionately. Running deliveries for my dad doesn’t necessarily align with coaching basketball; however, it can have everything to do with helping people. So I’ll run deliveries passionately, try to smile nicely at the old ladies, hope they give me a tip, and hope I can help them out. Living passionately doesn’t mean you have to be “positive Patty” all the time. You can be you. I get to be me. I can be tired, frustrated, or overwhelmed but I can live passionately at the same time by helping someone. We can all live passionately. Whether you are playing basketball, coaching basketball, practicing, babysitting, running deliveries, flipping hamburgers, or taking time to unwind, try to live passionately. It’s not easy (and I’m not entirely convinced that it’s always possible) but it’s worth it:
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. ~ Matthew 6:19-20