Lessons Learned: Family

It’s amazing to me how God really opens our eyes to things.  It’s his show, and he puts all the pieces in motion in our lives.  He has really taught me a lot about family in the past month.

Lesson #1: A point will come when you will need to step up and help family

My dad is an amazing man, and someone I think about every day of my life.  He taught me some life lessons about love, compassion and hard work.  Throughout my day, he comes into my mind as I ask myself, periodically “I wonder what my dad would do”.  But the most recent lesson he taught me is that you need to step up when it’s your time to help the family.   He always hit challenges head on if he knew it would help those around him, and he has done that yet again.  We are blessed to have him in our lives.

Lesson #2: Don’t squander moments that you can share with your children

It is true, I am a new father.  But I have learned so much about being a dad this past month.  This is the time of the year where I start to feel guilty.  One of my passions is coaching, and I am truly looking forward to the cross country season.  But I also know that this will lead me to miss a few moments in my daughter’s life this fall, and I am not ready for that.  But I was blessed with an amazing, but exhausting, weekend with my wife and daughter.  It’s one of those weekends that you look back on and smile because we truly took advantage of every minute of the day.

Lesson #3: Family comes in a variety of different ways

We all have family.  It may the family that we grew up with from a small age, or it could be a group that comes out of no where at some point in your life.  Family can blood, but it can also be a strong friend group or a team of athletes.  Family can be positive at times, and even though we don’t want it to be, it can be frustrating.  Family can have four paws and a tail.  This lesson hits home as we prepare for the start of another school year.  A thousand WU students will come together in a few weeks and this will be a life-changing year for many (if not all) of them.

The moral of the story is to pull your family in tight and take advantage of the time you have to spend with them.  Whether it’s your grandmother, your cat, a teammate or your child embrace every opportunity that you have with them.

Chris Hardie is the Head Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coach at Waynesburg University. You can follow him on Twitter @Coach_Hardie_WU or follow the team on Facebook at Waynesburg University Cross Country.

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