Can’t Lose

June 17, 2020

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!

~ Coach Taylor, Friday Night Lights

I subscribe to a daily email called Daily Dad. It offers bits of advice for fathers, delivered to my inbox each morning, from the perspective of Stoic philosophers. It’s one of the first things I read each morning.

In an unusual turn, this morning’s email discussed lessons from a fictional TV show Friday Night Lights. No sweat for me — my wife and I loved that series. Watched every episode. But we watched it long before he had a child.

It may be worth a re-watch now.

Here’s a snippet of what Daily Dad had to say:

There’s one expression from the show, quite famous now, but worth remembering as a father: Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. Coach Taylor shouts it with the team before each game. It’s great advice for a dad of course and is clearly the abiding parental philosophy of the character and the show. He sees everything, he loves everyone, he always finds a way to win in the end, even if it’s in a way we don’t expect.

It’s also not a bad attitude to instill in your kids: If you keep your eyes open (don’t be naive) and your heart open (care about others, don’t close yourself off), you can’t lose in life.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!

This passage is a good reminder to be aware, but not silo’d or rigid in thought. To be willing to consider all sides while looking out for the best interests of me and my family. To not be so quick to judgment, but to take a breath. To be fair, honest, and patient. To find good in any situation. To create a win for everyone involved.

One good turn invites another.