Normally, I don’t know the names of many NFL football players. But after seeing Michael Strahan several times on different shows and events, I became a fan. Strahan played for the NY Giants for 14 years, setting the record for the most sacks in a single season plus winning a Super Bowl in 2007.
Michael clearly loves women and is in touch with his “softer side” as the Dad to two 7-year-old twin girls. I don’t know about you but seeing a man be a terrific father is a huge plus in my book – it’s actually what attracted me to my own husband.
So when Strahan was nominated for the NFL Hall of Fame, it was the first time I rooted for a player. Strahan is currently the cohost of “Kelly & Michael Live” and this past Monday they aired a video chronicling the countdown to the NFL achievement, of which he was not awarded the honor. It was very touching and showed the both the optimism and eventual disappointment when the “wrong” call came.
What was so impressive is Strahan’s attitude after the let-down. He remarked to the audience, “Despite it all, I have an incredible life.” It was obvious that he felt blessed, and refused to be disappointed. He next explained how grateful he was to enjoy 15 years in the NFL followed by a new career on the show. Strahan compared his life to eating cake with icing – football was the cake and the Hall of Fame would be the icing. He said that he loves cake – and while the icing would be nice, it only enhances the cake, not replace it.
He was so positive and grateful for life that it reminded me of the old saying about life giving you lemons, i.e., disappointment, and turning them into lemons. Only Strahan took it up a notch with his unsinkable gratitude and optimism to just squeeze those lemons over caviar.
Can you think of a recent disappointment where you might have handled the outcome in the same manner? To find gratitude instead of bitterness or anger is a blessing indeed.
So keep some caviar on hand – lemons are a part of being human and living a fully awake life.