Former Washington Husky quarterback, Jake Locker, raised some eyebrows when he chose to return for his senior season last year. Some predicted he would have been a top 10 pick in last year’s draft. And after an uneven senior year riddled with injuries, Locker’s stock took a nosedive. Word on the street is that the decision to play his senior year cost him millions.
In a recent Sports Illustrated article, Jake’s dad, Scott, makes an important statement:
I had a lot of people say, ‘Does he just not think about his future and setting up the people around him to have things?’ Jake knows you’ve got to do the things that make your life rich and not worry about being rich.
It’s so easy to get caught up in worrying about being rich, isn’t it? Yet material wealth is fleeting. It can vanish with a dip in the Dow or other life circumstance, and we certainly don’t take it with us when we die.
But making life rich—totally different. Not external wealth but internal satisfaction and joy that makes life worth living. We control the richness of our lives by our day-to-day decisions. Here are some of my favorite ways to make life rich:
- Tell someone I love them.
- Smile and say hello to strangers.
- Do something for someone who can’t repay me.
- Encourage a friend via voicemail, text or wait—even a handwritten note!
- Make a list of my blessings.
- Put people before my agenda of to-dos.
- Support a cause for which I’m passionate with my time, talent or treasure.
- Read the Bible and pray.
- Spend unrushed time with people I love.
- Listen to my favorite music.
- Ask my parents to share life stories and memories.
- Listen to a friend.
- Slow down and notice my surroundings: people, nature, beauty.