NFL Draftees Should Celebrate the Accomplishment

The NFL draft will occur shortly. I must admit that I don’t watch much football. But I do enjoy watching snippets of the draft. Not to help me field a fantasy football team. In that I would certainly fail. Rather, I find the ceremony to be the healthiest of human drama.  Could there be one of these young men who doesn’t possess an extraordinary story leading up to his selection? And what about his family. Surely there numerous sacrifices embedded in the draftee’s success! The ceremony is also a celebration of hope fulfilled. These men remind us that hope is not a passive emotion. Anyone of us could sit and hope for success in most any endeavor, but that alone will not culminate in  “mission accomplished”! The hope of fulfilling any dream requires co-pilots – the personal will to succeed and the ability to plot a way to our goal.
I hope these young athletes take the time to celebrate this accomplishment.  In that respect I would refer you to  a passage in my book Humanity at Work; Encouraging Spirit, Achievement and Truth to Flourish in the Workplace (Chapel Hill Press 2008).  What follows comes from a commencement address I gave in 2003;
                                               “… celebrations nurture the soul and make it strong.  Celebrations are life’s punctuation marks, as they keep us from simply rushing from one challenge to the next.  Celebrations allow us to rest and inhale the self-confidence and heightened self-esteem that come from succeeding at any great venture.  John Boorman asks, “What is passion?  It is surely the becoming of a person.”  And surely you could not have completed the rigors of your education without a passion to do so. 
                             If you aren’t well versed at celebrations you don’t have to wait for your next significant success to invoke this practice.  The Greek philosopher Epicurus wrote, “ Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” So why not  take this time to celebrate the blessings that now reside in your life. We can’t do so too often!


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