When you are raising a family it is easy to get caught up in working too hard to provide for them. Most people want to improve their family’s quality of life and it’s natural to want to give your family the material things in life that can bring excitement and joy to them. But in the end, they are just things. Things can’t hold your hand, tell you they love you or bring you inner peace.
In the daily process of making a living, I try to put the brakes on myself and ask myself why I am working so hard. Our families need the income we are providing but our families also need us. Finding a balance between the two is key. If we don’t remind ourselves on our own, sometimes something else will. In the midst of all that hard work and tight scheduling, something can happen to a member of your family that brings everything into focus; immediately strengthening your priorities.
This is what happened to Brenda Frese, the head coach for the University of Maryland’s women’s basketball team. I don’t read the sports section of the newspaper as much as I do other sections of the paper, but this time a story about Brenda Frese jumped out for me and I read it from beginning to end. Frese has coached at Maryland for 10 years, won the Women’s NCAA championship in 2006 and is married with two little boys. In her 2008-2009 season at Maryland, Frese also won the ACC Championship-the women’s first since 1989.
I found her family’s story to be so inspirational and I hope you do to!! Good luck Tyler and keep up the good fight! The Frese/Thomas family is in our prayers.
This link will take you to the Washington Post story: