I feel more like a bunch of parts than whole and I have so many parts. I have the wife part, the mommy part, the coaching part, the playing volleyball part, the running part, the naturalist part, the teacher part, and so many more parts that I feel I haven't found yet. As I discover and live in those parts, the more complete and whole I feel.
Some parts are more important than others. The part that makes me whole or complete the most (excluding being a mom and wife) is the volleyball part. I feel like I am totally alive when I am either in the gym, researching different volleyball philosophies, and creating practice plans.
Last week I was able to go to a high school pre-season volleyball tournament. It was great because I got to see many girls that I have worked with over the years play all in the same place. I brought Jadon with me and he was so good - I guess it was all those times I had tournaments when I was pregnant with him. Not to mention that there were moms that were more than happy to love on him.
Is there any way to combine my passion for volleyball and helping others?
I am a fan of John Kessel at USA Volleyball. He started a program called Leave a Ball Behind. Basically, you either send/give balls to less fortunate groups so they can enjoy playing volleyball. It seems trivial, why give these groups volleyballs? Don't they need something more important? Obviously needy kids need food, clothing, and shelter, but they also need someone to love on them. Someone to make their day a little brighter. I think that knowing someone truly cares for them will give them hope, to allow them to be kids!
I read Candra's blog Curious Georgi on this same topic and commented that I really didn't know what to do to help people become whole. Well, I think I just figured it out.
I will be coaching for VolleyOne Volleyball Club starting this next club season. I am hoping to run some ideas about the Leave a Ball Behind program to see if I can start it through their club. Who knows where this could go? It might even lead to a mission trip or two!
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