Saturday, January 3, 2015

American Football As A Simile To The Traditional Family Unit



Song:  Imaginary

Group:  Evanescence


I love this song.

It typifies the type of music I hear when faced with obstacles in life.
It is the type of music with a driving beat of drums, bass, and rhythm guitars...
all of which support each other in coordination toward a common goal.

This also typifies the family unit.


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First of all...
I don't pretend to know much about American Football.

Other than street football as a youth...
I've never played it.

I have only seen one professional football game in my life...
and it was on TV when Joe Montana had won his first Superbowl Championship
(with the San Francisco 49ers).

Don't get me wrong...
American Football is a great game...
and sports in general are a great way to teach about so much in life...
when someone goes through the training and plays in the games.

Although I had participated in sports throughout much of my younger life...
in both, team (baseball), and individual combative sports...
I have never been one to watch them, either live, or on TV.

Although I am much more of an individual sports competitor...
there is so much good that comes from playing on a team sport...
as it teaches about teamwork.  



Whenever I think of American Football...
I cannot help but see it as a simile to the traditional family unit.

As I was raised mostly in the U.S. ...
I see how similar it is to the typical American family unit.

However...
I would think that a traditional family unit is pretty much the same 
throughout the rest of the world.


I would like to explain about what I see in the key positions of American Football...
and how they relate to the key positions of the traditional family unit.


As with any successful unit...
there is the long term and well thought out plans of the Overall Coordinator.
His strength lies in his forethought as applied to overall strategy and logistics.

Then there is the Tactician...
the one who operates on a day to day basis...
 the one who must handle situations on the fly.

Then there are the individual operators...
Offensive and Defensive.

Lastly...
there are the support elements.

Together...
they make a highly effective unit.



First of all...
I will explain what I see as the roles of the Mother in the traditional family unit.


The roles of the Mother:

As a traditional mother stays home with her children...
guiding them in their studies...
and coordinating the everyday operations with the rest of the world...

Mother = Quarterback


She is the Tactician.
She must think on the fly...
react to the ebbs and flows of life...
and call the immediate plays for her children to follow.

She throws the passes for her children to catch and run with...
all the way to beyond the goal line.


Although the mother follows the long term overall strategy...
she must make the decisions of how to best meet it as new variables present themselves.


She also plays the role of the chief support element...
through her emotional support by giving plentiful amounts of love and affection...
educational support by guiding her children in their studies...
 and through nutritional support of her children by providing a healthful diet...
through her nutritious and delicious meals.

Through the positive reinforcement of her children...
they are given great energy from within...
and as a direct result...
develop a great amount of drive to succeed.

Through educational guidance...
she ensures her children are always ahead of the educational curve.
Her explanation of the concepts ensures her children never suffer frustration...
but rather, see education as a glorious adventure.



The roles of the Father:



I see the Father as the:


 Team Owner

He is the one who must make the team financially sound.

Through his daily work...
he ensures the rest of the family will never have to go without.

Through his long term financial planning...
he ensures his family will be able to meet their daily and long term goals...
and to always be able to support their children in their lives.



Team Manager and Coach



He also plays the roles of overseer of team planning and logistics.

He must set the operational parameters upon which the family may depend...
and must operate within, in order to meet their long term goals.

He develops the master life plan...the overall team strategy...
so the Quarterback can then be freed to concentrate on her tactics.



Offensive Backs



Often times...
the Mother and Father will directly work together to achieve the family goals.

The Mother will have everything set up and will then hand off the ball to the Father.
The Father will then make the goals through particularly tough obstacles.


When the obstacle to be breached calls for 
extreme strength and intelligence through direct action...
the Father sets the pace...
and in doing so...
 sets an example for his children to follow.


He will also clear his children's lives of all obstacles...
through intelligence and deep planning...
through force of will, or through direct force if necessary...
so they may have a free run to the goal line.




The role of the children:


Wide Receivers




Each child's job is to follow the instructions of the Coach and of the Quarterback.

The child must use his training to see the openings and to seize the moment...
to run like hell with the ball...
to never give up in his striving for the goal line.


The payoff for a life of diligent training...
of following the game plan.

This is the moment for which the family unit strives...
the touchdown in life...for each child.



When the family unit works together...
it makes for a spectacular game...
of which, for each child...
is the Super Bowl.



















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