The Seasons of Life

It’s fall. The mornings are cool, the nights are brisk, and the days pop with color. It reminds me, always, of football.

I played for seven years and then coached for another four years. But this fall, for the second year in a row I have not coached…and it felt a bit empty.

That is, until this last Thursday. We welcomed the newest (and tiniest) addition to our family: Kingsley Grace.

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She is precious, and beautiful, and a true gift.

Back home with Kingsley I’m usually on Dad duty with our other three kids. Kylie the big sister at 6 years old, Tucker the wild 4 year old, and Mason (who just lost his baby status) is a year and a half old. They are crazy, and loving, and tiresome (especially when they are all sick as they are right now).

In moments like today I looked out at my family and thought: Who could ask for anything better? Who could ask for anything more?

But, I often ask those things.

And I don’t think I’m alone. There seems to be a part of human nature that tells us we should have more, that we should want more, that we NEED more.

It’s what drives capitalism, it’s what drives competition, and it’s what drives our own internal motivations.

Yet, when you are always looking for more, it’s hard to enjoy the moment.

What I’ve learned is that the feeling of wanting/needing more is not the same as reality. In fact, it’s usually a lie. But, it’s taken me a long time to understand that the season of life I’m in right now is as good as it is going to get, and I should enjoy every waking (and sometimes sleeping) second of it while I have the chance!

Yes, there is the changing of diapers, the mad rush to get out of the house with four kids, the elongated bed time routines, and the daily fight to have my kids eat at the same time I want to eat (usually a losing battle).

But there is also the tag sessions at the playground, a nap with my baby daughter lying on my chest, watching my daughter score a goal in soccer, family trips to the beach, and those late night dance sessions before bed.

Whatever season of life you are in, there is good and bad, easy and hard, fun and sad. There are going to be moments you wish it was different. And there are going to be moments you wonder how it could get any better!

My good friend John Spencer made this Sketchy Video awhile back, titled: Life Is Meant To Be Epic. If you watch anything today, please watch this. It’s a great reminder to be present and take full advantage of the current season of life you are in. I know that’s exactly what I’m going to do ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Matt Miller says:

    AJ,

    So true. I used to think I wanted to be a college coach, then I had kids and my position drastically changed. While I’m driven to succeed, my favorite times are now spent snuggling on the couch. Thanks for the reminder to keep things in perspectives. And, of course, John’s video is spot on. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Matt Miller

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