On a personal note…


On a personal note…

Football is the most important thing of all unimportant things. In the current situation a lot of people are not allowed to show up at their workplace. Some are able to work from home while others can’t. Everybody finds themselves in an unfamiliar situation. Suddenly we have to improvise to a totally new, unaccustomed way of living. Some complain (a lot) about not being able to go skiing for Easter holidays. Others are trying to play football by dividing a pitch into four quarters. No more than 5 players on each quarter with at least 2 meter in between each player. This has nothing to do with football, but at least they are kicking a ball about. Better to break the rules set by the government, than lead by example for the rest of the sporting world.

However, since must of us are now stuck in and around their homes there are many different ways on how to fill your time. Reading books and taking notes from that book could be one of them. Making notes and reflecting on what you have read and wrote, can improve you as a person, privately, professionally and therewith, subsequently, your profession and not to forget people around you. There is, of course, more to it than just reading books and writing some notes. Are you writing down quotes or are you reading between the lines. What is actually being communicated? What you write down as notes has to come from somewhere.

One of the books read, or actually re-read, was Legacy, by James Kerr, amongst others. What is the meaning of your life? Why do you get up in the morning? What is your purpose? What makes you tick? Have you ever encountered the situation where you were so occupied with what you were doing, that you totally lost track of time? If you zoom out and think about that/those situation(s), could that activity be your purpose? Maybe you are already working with what you where meant to be doing. Maybe you are already working on leaving your jersey in a better place.

When you suddenly have some extra time on your hands, it can be a great opportunity to reflect upon some of the philosophical questions mentioned earlier. First and foremost you have to find out what it is that makes you get up in the morning. Do you want to inspire people? Do you want to improve people? Do you want to help people at the best of your abilities? How do you want to achieve that? What does it require to be able to get that process started? People want to be part of something larger than themselves. They want to be part of something they’re really proud of, that they will fight for, sacrifice for, that they trust. Some people find this out early in their lives, while others need some more time. Yet, time is all we have.

If you would like to keep as many people as active and healthy as possible so that they, eventually, can learn how they can manage themselves, that could be your purpose. Seeing young football players injured, because of the school/club system can be very frustrating. Children should not be injured while they train or play. Seeing young children not being able to climb a tree is scary. Find out your reason to get up in the morning. So that all of us can leave their jersey in a better place.

Thanks for sharing and stay safe.

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