“We’re saving our good stuff for the regular season.” Mark Sanchez, Jets quarterback, as quoted in the September 3rd issue of Sports Illustrated after “his team’s only points came on field goals in a 17-12 loss to the Panthers on Sunday, the third straight preseason game in which New York (0-3) failed to score a touchdown.”
A little background: I’ve been married for almost 25 years to a Jets season ticket holder of 32 years. When I married the man, I married the team, but I will never be a true fan. The truth is that I just don’t care that much about sports.
Strangely enough, I am a loyal Sports Illustrated reader. Week after week I find some of the best writing anywhere about human beings striving on and off the field. It’s not always about glory, but it is always about guts.
Today I read that quote in SI and laughed out loud. Now, Mark isn’t a bad guy and I hope he meant his comment as a sarcastic joke, but I can tell you that the Jets fans I know don’t find it funny. (See why I don’t qualify as a true fan?)
Immediately after I laughed, it struck me that maybe Mark is on to something. Don’t most of us tend to hold back, thinking that the life we’re living now is merely a dress rehearsal? Aren’t we all guilty of waiting for the “right time” to get started on our dreams?
I’ve written a lot on this website about mindfully living in awareness. The bottom line is that all we have is the present moment. When we learn to savor it, we will do our best, because “flow” will move through us. There will be no “saving our good stuff.” We will live our good stuff every moment. And that’s how people win football games and live full, satisfying lives.
Today is the first day of the regular season and my husband will be sitting in the stands rooting on his team. As for Mark, I hope he brings his good stuff.
Are you saving your good stuff for the regular season? Are you waiting for it to really matter before you get out there and show us your best stuff? Are you biding your time, thinking that now really doesn’t matter because there’s always next season? Tell me what would change in your life if you decided right here, right now, to go for the gold.
Survival > Existence,