A Winning Team

As many of you know, I’m just a “mildly” avid sports fan and this past weekend held one of the highlights of the year- The Super Bowl. And the worst part, every indication of the past week’s events led me to believe that I wasn’t going to be home to enjoy it with my family.

On Wednesday morning I woke up with a laundry list of to-do’s that should have been accomplished before the weekend arrived. That evening I was admitted to our local hospital and underwent emergency surgery to ensure my safety and that of our little one, Kellan. Needless to say, the items on my list went out the window, and my attention was focused elsewhere. Yet, despite being under strict orders from the fantastic doctors and nurses at Scott & White to “take it easy”, I was able to engage a few key members of my “team” to make the items on that daunting to-do list happen despite the circumstances. (In truth, I was armed with my iPhone, iPad, and a complimentary Wi-Fi connection during my hospital stay… to the point that I was told I looked like the E-Trade Baby!)

After negotiating the successful release of both Kellan and myself very late Saturday evening, we made our way home to get settled into a routine and make preparations for church the next morning and the Super Bowl the next evening.

Now, I like to test out my “super woman” cape just as much as the next Mom, but given the circumstances, there was no way I could have accomplished anything without the help of others. As I sat enjoying the experience of watching the Giants beat the “best team in the NFL” for the second time in a decade, I realized that I have been blessed in ways very similar to the New York Super Bowl Champs. I’m lucky to have a great team (of supporters and colleagues) to put on the field when the time comes, and I have learned that while winners always want the ball when the game is on the line, it’s just as important to have the confidence to pass it to a team mate when they can make the plays that you cannot.


Monday Morning Perspective

“People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.” -Vince Lombardi, Legendary Football Coach

 “Football is an honest game. It’s true to life. It’s a game about sharing. Football is a team game. So is life.” –Joe Namath, Legendary Football Player


This week I “fielded” a great team that all contributed to my ability to accomplish a few key things like staying sane, being healthy enough to go home with our new son, and keeping the “front office” of PCC running smoothly in my absence.

My husband stepped into the role of Head Coach. He called in the necessary players and put them into motion. He recruited his Mom to be his Defensive Coordinator, and my life-long best friend and Army Nurse, Angela, to be his Offensive Coordinator. Within the first 48 hours I had strict oversight and direction (martial law comes to mind!), very few outside distractions (strict security measures were adopted), and have never been so well fed. Needless to say, I was well on my way to a full recovery just hours after being in an Operating Room.

On the professional front, I had meetings and deliverables that didn’t need to be delayed, so I called in the best of the best- Don Jones. I’m used to playing Quarterback, but when you have the ability to turn things over to someone with a Joe Montana reputation, it’s pretty easy to sit back and know that your team is in great hands. Like Eli Manning lofting that spectacular pass to Mario Manningham to put the Giants in a position to win the game, it’s great knowing that when you have to pass under pressure that the guy receiving the ball is going to run with it. If you don’t have someone you can pass to when the time comes, you’re setting yourself up for failure. I can’t tell you how thankful I am to have people like Don Jones and Jim Ruesch in my corner!

In the role of supporting players, our friends and church family really put on their game faces. From the friend who crawled out of bed to babysit our two sleeping children while Joe rushed me to the hospital, to our incredible Nanny who kept Aidan and Eli happy and consoled while Mommy and Daddy were “working to bring brother home”, to the friend who broke through security protocol with an ice-cold Dr. Pepper and followed it up with baked dishes and fresh apple pie- our network of friends put up some serious numbers before we could even leave the hospital.

Every single day (without exception!) brought at least one visitor from our church family. They prayed with us, comforted my completely exhausted husband, and made us feel so cared for. It’s no wonder that we were excited to pack up as a new family of five to go to church our first day back at home. Having a church family to feel connected to really made a big difference for us.

So what’s the point?

I’m incredibly thankful to those of you who have reached out with prayers and best wishes (and baked goods!) for my family during this past week of excitement, and I’ve learned something from amongst the chaos.

Having people you can count on, personally and professionally, is one of the most important assets you’ll ever have.

Eli Manning is a great quarterback and athlete- but he didn’t win that Super Bowl alone.

I may not have a Super Bowl ring to show for this past week’s adventure, but frankly, the trophy I have is only marginally larger, but in my humble opinion MUCH more adorable. (Although I have a feeling the premiums to insure mine will run a bit more in the long term!)

Here’s to having great people in our lives. Don’t forget to remind them how important they are.

Have a wonderful week! (I know I will!)

Warmest Regards,

Crystal Dyer

 © Crystal Dyer 2012. All rights reserved.

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