Basketball camp for kids
Where there’s a Will, there’s a Way
I love synchronicity. I believe everything happens for a reason. I believe that there are no “coincidences” in life. You will probably see this statement a lot throughout my blog posts. Here is just 1 of the many examples of why I know this to be true. Although I have shared some awesome stories about the encouraging outcomes we are receiving from doing these daily affirmations with my kids on my previous blog posts, this one has been my most favorite result so far!
It had been about 6 weeks into my experiment of doing daily affirmations with my 2 oldest boys (see blog about “The Affirmation Can”) when I started working on the back-end of my blog. I had not even written a single post, nor launched my blog at the time. Due to the fact that I am not exactly savvy with technical stuff, (although, I am slowly starting to impress myself), my mom gave me the name of their tech guy who I could call from time to time with a technical question. We’ll call him Joe. When I first asked Joe (who is one of the most helpful guys you’ll ever meet) a question about installing something on my blog, he offered his expertise on the matter and then also offered to talk to his friend who knew a thing or two about blogging. After hearing back from his friend, Joe wrote me an email saying:
“George doesn’t know much about the material you are looking to install and he thinks it is a very difficult process. Looks like this thing is going to be a big pain in the butt!”
This sort of attitude was not like Joe. At the risk of sounding selfish, it felt reassuring to know that Joe wasn’t perfect and that his sunny disposition took a sebatical now and then. ; )
Because I had been doing my daily affirmations, after reading his “looks like this is going to be a pain in the butt” e-mail, my thoughts immediately went to this affirmation: “Where there is a will, there’s a way!” This phrase came to me so powerfully, it was as if I heard it whispered in my ear and I nearly said it out loud for anyone who might be listening.
Simultaneously, my oldest boy was attending a GABL basketball camp, directed by Coach Rich Zvosec or “Coach Z.” He was only in his second day of the camp and I knew it was a good one! Every day Coach Z gave the kids a “Thought for the Day” in which he wanted them to remember and recite back to him at the beginning of the camp the following day! These “thought for the days” were mainly about attitude. Coach Z focused a lot of his instruction on having a good attitude and being a kind teammate. Ideas such as, ‘You get back what you give out,’ and how ‘starting your day with a positive attitude will set the tone for the rest of your day.’
On the 3rd day, the coach sent the campers home with the homework of making up their own thought for the day (or as we call it, their own affirmation)! When my oldest son told me this, I just smiled and said, “Guess what? I have the perfect one for you: Where there’s a will there’s a way!’” After some explaining about what this phrase meant and some examples of how it has helped me in life, our son was eager to go to camp the next day and share his new knowledge and “thought for the day.”
The next morning, my mom stopped by and I explained how cool this basketball camp was and also explained the coach’s technique with the thought of the day. I told her the story of how I helped Carter with his “homework” for camp and how fun it was to teach him what the phrase, ‘Where there’s a will there’s a way’ actually meant. In response, my mom said to me, “Oh this is wonderful! You’ll have to share this story on your blog once you get it up and going!” (Duh, Mom…duh)! ; )
When I went to pick up Carter at camp that day, I was greeted by a very happy boy who was smiling ear to ear and a medal around his neck! I said, “What is that for?” As soon as I asked him that question, my heart knew exactly what that medal was for! He said, “Mom, I won it for my thought for the day: ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way!’”
Tears ran down my face…happy ones of course. My heart beamed inside with pride for his courage to share his “thought” with Coach Z and the others. And I silently gave thanks to God for rewarding him for such bravery. I also knew right then and there that this was God’s way of confirming to me that I was on the right path with creating this blog. I have received many “signs” from the universe and God ever since the initial thought came to me to start a blog based on affirmations. And this was just another verification that I needed to keep chugging along with my inspiration of helping others create positive outcomes by using affirmations to help them “believe what they can achieve!”