The anticipation started about a month ago. Anyone who knows my husband Jason knows that he is very passionate about football season. He loves everything about it…the players, the rivalries, the highlights, the opportunity to eat chili and other yummy soups in your flannel pants, and also the fantasy football. Just talking about it all makes him smile from ear to ear, which is a big deal for someone who typically smiles with his mouth closed.
The anticipation has brought him great joy these last few weeks. Sometimes the anticipation is the best part of something. I can’t count how many times he has mentioned about this weekend and how great it was going to be. His childlike excitement has been so much fun to see.
With all of the talk of Steve Irwin’s passing this week, I have been thinking a lot about passion. It is so important. We need to identify our passions and to embrace them with vigor. Steve’s passion for wildlife and life, in general, was certainly unmatched.
When’s the last time I anticipated something for a month? Seeing Jason’s excitement and being reminded of Steve’s life this week has inspired me to re-look at some of my own passions. I feel like I want to put a picture of Steve by my desk to remind me of that sincere childlike passion for life.
I think part of the secret to living with passion is to live with appreciation. Steve certainly modeled this as he constantly appreciated God’s creations, whether it was a Mama croc or a baby garter snake.
Jason’s passion for football is greater than ever today, as he greatly appreciated the Bears first win of the season. Go Bears! [tags]NFL, football, Steve Irwin, Chicago Bears, fantasy football[/tags]