Did you know GOAT (greatest of all time) has been added to the dictionary? Some of the names associated with the definition will not surprise you. Micheal Jordan, Micheal Phelps, Serena Williams, and LeBron James are all mentioned, but Tom Brady is mentioned 2 to 4 times more frequently than any of the other athletes. Phelps has 23 Olympic gold medals so he seems like a top contender. Tom Brady has 5 Super Bowl rings, the only person to have 5 from the same team. They both seem pretty great to me.
So how does one measure greatness? One must have the ability, accomplishments, acknowledgment or authority (people want to listen to what you have to say). You may be thinking if you could be GOAT in something....anything life would be grand. Well not so fast.
An interview with Tom Brady after his third Super Bowl win (and he had only signed a 60 million dollar contract ) revealed he felt like there was something greater for him, he said there had to be more than this. Micheal Phelps in 2014 almost took his own life, he had his second DUI and some not so flattering pictures surfaced. Luckily he checked in for rehab. Afterward, he said he had an identity crisis. He believed his ability gave him his identity, he believed his accomplishments gave him his worth.
These days we are all competing for greatness, be it athletic ability, status, salary, super mom, ... you name it. Students are also trying to be the greatest, it may be making the starting line up, having the highest GPA, or the captain of the debate team. Be careful of the "identity crisis". "If I win, I am a winner, lose, then I'm a loser. What happens when we are no longer doing the thing that made us great?
The answer, don't confuse what you "can do" with "who you are." As we all strive to be the best at what we do (and doing our best is exactly what we should do). Remember what you can do is not nearly important as to who you are. Your character matters most!
Who is the real GOAT? Jesus Christ is the greatest of all time. Not because of what He does but because of who He is. Fr. Mike Schmitz so elegantly reminds us of the year, we celebrate 2018 because of His birthday. Jesus is not the greatest of all time because of what He did, it is because of who He is. Want a shot at the title? When the calendar year revolves around the day you were born......?
"Feel the Rush"
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. What do you want your life to look like? The amazing thing is the choice is yours. I have spent many years of my life being passive, allowing things to happen to me. How many of us are spectators in our own lives? I know I was for years. I watched my energy decrease. I was tired, bloated, and had brain fog. Most days I woke up only to look forward to my next nap.Then I began an active quest for energy, peace and joy! I can honestly say it was a long journey, which I am still on. I am no longer looking for the magic pill! Magic hacks....yes! At 51 I feel more energetic than I have in years. If I were to give everyone the top 3 things to allow you to live your life with energy, peace and joy...