Receivers in football have to have one trait to be successful – they have to catch the ball. A receiver can be super fast, have great moves, or be taller than the defensive back, but if he can’t catch the ball all that talent is for naught. There is an art to catching a football, the same goes for baseball, a goalie in soccer or hockey, etc., some people come by it naturally, but for many great receivers it is a skill that had to be acquired after hours, weeks, months, and years of practice. The great ones never stop practicing.

As the Christmas season approaches, we know people who are great givers. Those individuals who comb the stores, and seem to find the perfect gift time after time. We all also know great receivers of gifts. Those individuals who make you feel great about your gift even if it is something they have five of stored in a closet. They always know the right words and body language to make the giver feel like a million dollars. This type of receiving is an art as well. It is also a skill that can be acquired by practicing.

There is an old expression “that you get out of life what you carry to it.” From a book, music, school, work, marriage, or a friendship you get only what you are able to receive. How much you benefit out of any aspect of life depends upon your capacity to receive. Life like a football depends on whether you hold on to what you are passed. Learning how to live is an art, it is also a skill that we can learn day after day, year after year. Think like a receiver – “look life into your hands, and hold on.”

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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