Checkers vs. Wolves

A few years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to my favorite sport – hockey. To me, it’s like football on ice only fighting is not only encouraged, the refs will stop a game for it. How awesome is that?

After having attended a few NHL games back in Chicago (go Blackhawks!), I decided to attend my first AHL game with a friend in Charlotte. Ironically, the Charlotte Checkers (the town’s AHL team) were playing the Chicago Wolves.

It’s funny how certain things make you appreciate home after you move away. Those little reminders of the time you and a friend did this, or you and a family member did that, bring you home for a little bit in your mind.

When my hometown played my new town, I was reminded of this. My best friend in Charlotte replaced my best friend in Chicago as my new hockey buddy. Every time I heard the word Chicago, I wanted to smile knowing back home hockey was not only a big deal but it was always loved. From what I understand, people in the south are not the biggest hockey fans.

I started to think to myself, maybe the winning team should help me indicate where I put more of a focus on finding my next job. If the Chicago Wolves won, I should start looking for more jobs back home. If the Charlotte Checkers won, I should keep the search going in the south. I felt that God would help me narrow my search by the outcome of the game.

The Chicago Wolves won. Maybe it’s a sign? I’m not really sure. I’m still searching in both cities.

Maybe I should try the same thing and go to every Chicago Cubs game I can? Maybe they’ll win the World Series. Probably not but it’s worth a shot.

I think this quote from the Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews best sums up my thoughts on my job search: “You know what? You’ve just got to go out there and try to control the things you can control, deal with things and stay mentally strong.”

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