0262 – An epiphany

An epiphany. That’s the word Michigan defensive end Craig Roh used to describe his own version of what I call a miracle (full story here):

“The Western game I felt like I didn’t play well,” he said. “The Notre Dame game, I felt energetic, had fun.

“That was like the epiphany.”


“I just kind of had an epiphany about football and life,” Roh said. “That’s kind of what I detected. It was just a change, and I thank Mattison, I thank God for it. It entailed something that just really relates to Christian belief that I’m not perfect, that it’s OK to be not perfect because God has a plan for me.

“It’s like God has put football into my life because He wants me to play. He wants me to enjoy it, and after that, it was like any criticism I get from Mattison doesn’t tear down my entire world. (Mattison) is just trying to make me a better player, and because of that I came in with a much more positive attitude, even when he does get down on me.”

But the game against the Fighting Irish was just the beginning. Roh saw the game, and life, in a different light. He started having fun playing football again.

I just smiled. Craig Roh experienced a very powerful moment, and a spiritual shift. I’m very happy for him.

So what does it take for us to have epiphanies? What would it take for us to connect with what life is about enjoying every moment and striving to be a better player? Is our society mistaken about what ‘the pursuit of happiness’ entails?

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Why are we busy chasing wealth? Chasing power? Chasing academic success? Did we miscontrue the notion of happiness?

Here’s a TEDx talk that you’ve likely not seen yet. Bhutan, to me, is an exemplary case of leadership and development. Something to marinade on!