My daughter's image and her One Thing....
Wed, August 7, 2013
Your One Thing is Everything
I am a great soccer player. 

I have played, year round, for nearly 25 solid years and still enjoy a once a week game, spring, summer and fall. 

I am not talking Mia Hamm kind of skills, there is no whipping off of the t-shirt to reveal a sportsbra kind of moment happening over here, but I was born to play the game and it has become my One Thing. 

It is the One Thing that I can do, literally the ONE THING, that I can do really well without thinking about it one tiny bit. 

I came to that realization some years ago when I was running around in some frigid, rainy weather in a winter spell that came too early or a spring game that forget to wait for spring to show up, and I was wondering what the heck I was doing at there-at 30-something years old, with better things to do. This is the One Thing that I can engage in that I don't have to think about, that I do well, and where I can shut my brain off and rely on innate skill to carry me through. 

I don't love soccer. I have no interest in watching it in person, on TV-I even went to a World Cup game with my brother and have no interesting memories of it other than I never went anywhere alone with my brother before or since and it was kind of a special day. I love participating in the game and I love the competition and I love mostly, that I can do it without thinking and be really good at something. 

It is hard to describe the benefit of engaging in this sport year after year. I don't do practices and I don't do "tourneys"-heck, even after all these years of playing, I still don't know all the technicalities of rules and regulations-it isn't about the love of the game, it is about the love of that One Thing. 

We all have a One Thing and it is important that we connect to whatever it is on a regular basis-something you can do well without thinking about it. And I don't mean: picking on your spouse, smoking cigarettes, eating, or anything that resembles a habit that might result in a negative consequence. It is the One Thing that we do well that makes us feel skilled, energized and a strong force in our own world. It is a place where we can allow who we are to shine through while our brain can take a breather. 

There is guts and glory in the things that we do with great effort-that intentional focus is also a huge player in developing who we are as individuals and discovering our power, however, there is a time when great effort can take a back burner to the skills we already have where the results are just as powerful as they would be with great effort in another arena. 

What is your One Thing? And like Nike said..."just do it". 

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