The 6 a.m.’er by: Dr. Rod Kirk

Recently my son’s hockey coach shared with me a simple sentence about an observation he made. As Canadians we get sentimental about 6:00 am hockey practices.  It’s woven into the fabric of being Canadian.  Symbolically we see images of the 6:00 a.m.’er.  It’s commercialized in corporate images of coffee and cars.  Artists paint the feeling on canvas in attempts to capture the sacrifices we make for children and sport.  Champions thank their parents on the podiums of greatness. It all started when my son’s coach shared his insight with me.  He asked if that was my dad sitting up in the stands by himself watching our 6:00 a.m skate.  He mentioned how great it was that my son’s grandfather was at his practice.  At that specific moment in time I realized it was much larger than hockey. Our coach mentioned it to my son, how lucky he was and my son agreed.  Whether he did or not was still uncertain to me at the time. I took the opportunity to talk with my son on the ride home.  “It’s pretty amazing how Oats (my father’s pet grandparent name-see future blog) comes to see you at your 6:00 am practice” I said.   “It sure is dad, he must love hockey a lot” he said in his half interested ten year old voice. “No, I don’t think it’s that” I said.  This sparked a little interest in my son’s curiosity. “What do you mean” he said. “I think it’s more than that and if you think about it you will figure it out” I said. “I don’t understand Dad” he said. “Stop for a moment Fraser and think what your grandfather loves the most” I said. The light went on and he got it right away “us” he said in a manner of absent mindedness. I then told my son that I hope I will be as good a father as my dad is one day and show up for his children’s 6:00 am practices. In the most matter of fact way my son told me “you are already better than that.” My son’s hockey coach shared his simple observation.  Some of our most life altering shifts in consciousness stem from simple observations.  Share your insightful observations with others and for most of the time you will be unaware of how it may transform them.

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