This is the first Christmas that I won’t be able to be with my family.
34 Holidays, every one of them spent with my Mom, Dad and two brothers.
I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t sad.
Since moving to the United States in 2000, I’ve only managed to see my
family on average twice per year.
This year, I haven’t seen them at all.
It’s very easy to get tunnel vision with work.
We want so badly to succeed, that we can easily fall into the game of
‘work first, everything else second’.
That’s happened to me a little bit these past 12 months and I’m 100%
determined to make sure it never happens again.
My Dad turns 80 this coming January and is in wonderful health.
My Irish Mom is feisty as ever.
My two older brothers are both happy and full of the same vigor that made
them my idols growing up.
I miss them all very much.
I’ll be heading up to Toronto in early January to see everyone and spend some
moments that I will cherish for a long time.
My Dad will wake up at the crack of dawn and enjoy his breakfast cereal while
standing at the window to the back deck looking out at the birds (his favorite
And I’ll be there to meet him every morning.
My Mom will sit on the couch every day at lunch and read the day’s newspaper.
And I’ll be sitting beside her every afternoon.
Sometimes life isn’t about the big moments.
It’s about the small ones that you can savor.
Some of your young athletes will go onto to amazing college or even professional
But most will use your training as a conduit to become better, more self-assured
Every moment you spend with your young athletes should be worthy of savoring.
Moments in time that they can look back upon and smile.
The little things in life are the most beautiful and precious.
Be sure to create and savor as many as you can this Holiday Season.
On behalf of the IYCA, I want to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and
Embrace the small and insignificant things….
…. They’re all that really matter.