I recently had the awesome experience of a lifetime attending a Football Hall of Fame induction celebration for Chargers linebacker Junior Seau. Juniors career spanned 20 years as a linebacker for San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots. Known for his passionate playing style, he was a 10-time All Pro, 12-time Pro Bowl selection, and named to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. Seau started for 13 seasons with the Chargers before being traded to the Miami Dolphins, where he spent three years before four final ones with the New England Patriots.
Seau retired from pro football after the 2009 season. A standout on San Diego’s only Super Bowl team, he was later inducted into the Chargers Hall of Fame and the team retired his number 55. Seau committed suicide with a gunshot wound to the chest in 2012 at the age of 43. Later studies by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of chronic brain damage that has also been found in other deceased former NFL players.
The outpouring of love and friendship was overwhelming. This event strengthened my belief in “opportunity.”
Each and every day we have we have opportunity, how we decide to use it creates our reality. People tend to focus on lost opportunities and the negative effects these moments have on their life or business. Speaker after speaker talked about the lost chance to tell Junior how much he meant to them – an I love you, buddie! The sadness in their voices rocked many to tears. All present were focusing on their own lost moment to share their feelings with Junior or someone of importance in their life.
Reflecting on my missed opportunities, I created a new positive affirmation statement to be added to my morning richual. So now not only do I have “I am” statements to remind myself that I am a great custodian of my finances, I am an understanding, caring father of a daughter BUT I have a reminder to tell those around me how much meaning they bring to my life.
Now I make it a priority to to let everyone know I care. Don’t let the opportunity slip away. Take the time to REALLY want to know “how’s it going?” It takes only a minute of your day yet means so much.
Coach Rich Phillips