4 Super Bowl Lessons about Fatherhood
The weekend is over, and the reality of another work week hits us smack dab in the face. This particular Monday, there are at least 53 men who just might feel like this is the worst Monday of their lives. At the same time, there are a different set of 53 men who feel like this is the greatest Monday ever.
Today is the Monday after the Super Bowl, and for those who played in the game they woke up today either a Super Bowl champion or a Super Bowl loser. Where do they go from here, from such a high or such a low?
In fatherhood, we experience super highs and super lows. And just like the Super Bowl champs and Super Bowl losers, we have to answer the question where do we go from here. Here are 4 lessons about fatherhood from the Super Bowl:
1. Remember: While it’s a big game, it’s only one game.
When players from both teams wake-up Monday morning, life will still be happening. Their wives, kids, family, and true friends will still be there. The Super Bowl is big, really big, but life goes on. As dads, when we mess up or our kids mess up, remember life goes on. There will be other “games” to play.
2. Take advantage of the learning opportunities.
In the NFL, when a team loses the Super Bowl, they typically determine why they lost and make roster or other adjustments to help them be better next season. And hopefully win it all next time. Even teams who win do the same as they know other teams will be gunning for them. We have to find the lessons in our highs as well as our lows. [Tweet This]
3. Be grateful…you played in the Super Bowl!
What an accomplishment! Playing in the Super Bowl is one of the most amazing things anybody can do. It’s hard to accept the loss, but think about how special it is to play, even lose, in the Super Bowl. We have to do the same thing in fatherhood. Count our blessings and be grateful for being blessed to be a dad. It’s an honor.
4. Accept that life may be changed forever — and it can be good.
After the Super Bowl, no matter what side of the field you are on, your life is different. Reaching major highs as well as major lows in fatherhood can be a game changer. Life may be different. We can’t dwell on what happened. We must look ahead and live the life that is in front of us.
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