The weekend is over and I am sure that people are still talking about the Super Bowl. There were the events that surrounded the game as well as the commercials that people couldn't wait to see this year. Super Bowl weekend also represents a time for family/friends to get together to enjoy good times and good food. As we marvel at the activities of Super Bowl weekend, I wonder how often we think about what took place prior to the game. We can probably account for the regular season and the playoff games that made it possible for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers to meet for NFL Championship, but there's much more to it.
As I sat there watching the pre-game specials and then the game there were two words that remained stuck in my head; desire and design. I was trying to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday, but for some reason my intellectual side was itching to put some thoughts on paper. I sat there thinking about desire and design wondering why were these words popping into my head at this time. All of a sudden it started to make sense as I thought about the roads that the Packers and Steelers took that landed them in the Super Bowl.
Yesterday, we could all see the end result of a season of accomplishment and perseverance as the Packers proved successful in winning the Super Bowl. What didn't you see? You didn't see the memories of NFL Draft Day when Aaron Rodgers sat patiently waiting to be drafted before the first round was over. You didn't see the fifteen players from the Packers that were on injured reserve and didn't play in the Super Bowl.
If you take a step back for a moment, you can probably see it in this glaring example from the Super Bowl when design and desire meet. How is it that the Green Bay Packers can draft a quarterback to replace one of the greatest quarterbacks in history? It was by design I can only say as someone saw something in this young man. It was probably his desire to be the best and his desire to make those around him better.
So let's take a look at our own lives for a minute. Have you ever thought about how connected design and desire are? Can we have one without the other and truly be successful? What do you see as your life's design? What is it that you truly desire? Are you ready for design and desire to meet?
Personally, I think I have reached a point where the design of my life and the desires of my heart are just about ready to collide. When you can recognize a moment like this, you have made the statement that I am ready to embrace amazing.
As you prepare to make this an amazing week, try to enjoy each and every moment that you can as there are some things you just can't get back. Be blessed and ready to receive amazing.
“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”
“Good design is a lot like clear thinking made visual.”
“Burning desire to be or do something gives us staying power - a reason to get up every morning or to pick ourselves up and start in again after a disappointment”
“Design is intelligence made visible.”
“Our destiny changes with our thought; we shall become what we wish to become, do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire.”
-Orison Swett Marden
“Design is about making things good (and then better) and right (and fantastic) for the people who use and encounter them.”
“The desire of knowledge, like the thirst for riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.”
“Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future."
-Robert L. Peters