Not only have I failed, but I have succeeded, as a mother, as a wife, as a friend, as a daughter; but I haven't succeeded on my own. I succeed through prayer, through study and through a relationship with my Lord and Savior. Right now, Annie is learning this lesson very well. She is playing club soccer with a new coach and some new teammates. Last year, her team had an awesome season and everyone seemed to have hit their stride. This season it's a different story. The girl's have some excellent individual skills, but they are having a hard time working as a team and they are losing. Annie herself, is having a great season, probably a personal best, but losing games is overriding the joy she would typically have knowing she was doing so well. It's not about her, but it's about the team and she wants to win. However, she is learning a valuable lesson right now and maybe this season is about how she will handle the failures in life. Who will she turn to? Will she go to Heavenly Father in prayer and ask for strength for the team? Will she pray to win? Or will she pray for the ability to deal with the losses and learn from this experience?
I don't know...I'll keep you posted. I can tell you as a parent, it's hard to watch your child's team get scored on time and again, but I'm pretty proud of her when the score is 6-1 and she's still out there running her fastest and beating people to the ball. She's still in the game and maybe that's what's supposed to come out of the failure. A lesson to us all that no matter how far down we are, we play like we're winning. But not only that but realize we are not alone in our losses. So, this week I am thankful for Annie and her attitude about soccer, but more importantly life in general. She sees the positive even during the hard times and as grown-ups, we realize what a wonderful character trait that is. Annie just being Annie has made me grateful to be her mother and as her mom, I will always try and be here for her, but there will be times when I'm not and I take great comfort in knowing that she is not alone. None of us are because our Father in Heaven is always holding our hand, even in losses and during our failures!