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Feb 20

Score!

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, TreeHouse, Values

photo 1Yesterday I was playing goalie.

The score was tied.
A minute to play.

The broomball was free on the right side.

I checked my angles. I checked my distance from the goal. I felt confident I was close enough to make a play.

I raced up to the ball.

Vivian (pictured in the back row, second from the left), our best goal scorer was near their goal crease. I knew if I got to the ball and made a good pass, that Vivian could win the game for us.

Feb 19

5 Gold Medal Good Ideas

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, TreeHouse, Values

mens-ski-halfpipe-1392760999349-master495Yesterday I sat in a chair and cheered.

I sat watching the Olympics. I cheered the Olympic skiers working the half-pipe. They were defying gravity, defying discouragement and defying their previous failures.

Yesterday I also sat with several friends. I cheered them on. These friends are working through pain. Like the skiers they were defying gravity, defying discouragement and defying their previous failures.

The skiers were surrounded by fans.
My friends were surrounded by friends.

Circumstances are different but the skiers and my friends have some things in common.
They can fall.
They can fail.
They’ve done it before.

Feb 4

Bruno, What’s On Your Mind?

Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 in Emotional, Music, Relational, Social, Sports, Values

Bruno1_30pAccording to a FOX Sports press release there were 115.3 million of us watching Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform during the PEPSI SUPER BOWL XLVIII HALFTIME SHOW.

I love drum solos; and as Bruno Mars began the show with a drum solo, I was like “Woah, he’s good.” As Bruno began to sing the crowd that filled our basement were impressed too: “He’s talented.” “YEAH!” Later my daughter Shannon added, “That’s a sweet voice.”

Jan 22

Amazing Tales from the Chicago Bears Sideline by Steve McMichael

Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in Reviews, Sports, Values

BearsSteve McMichael was a fierce, funny and fearsome foe for anyone who played the Chicago Bears during the 1980′s.

McMichael’s book – Amazing Tales from the Chicago Bears Sideline -  seems to be an honest assessment of his NFL experience. He explains that his shortcomings with the New England Patriots contributed to his successes with the Chicago Bears.

One of the strengths of McMichael’s account illustrates the challenges that the current NFL faces to alter the physical tole on players. Pride and drive, testosterone and tenacity drive many men to exceed the limitations. It’s one of the things that makes the NFL so great; it’s also one of the things that costs so many so dearly after their playing days are done.

Jan 10

Unleashing the Hidden Power of Adversity

Posted on Friday, January 10, 2014 in Emotional, How To, Intellectual, Spiritual, Sports, Values

BreesDrew Brees had been unemployed, experienced a career-threatening injury, and was filled with self-doubt. Sundays he’s an NFL football player. Here are the insights he gained. 1

Perspective

“From my perspective, it’s when the rug gets pulled out from under you that you really find your calling in life. Those defining moments don’t have to be tragedies. When they’re viewed through the lens of God’s plans, they can be ‘points of purpose’ in your life.”

Dec 2

Holiday Rest Intentions

Posted on Monday, December 2, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Spiritual, Sports, Values

half empty half full -141361_640I’m not very good at relaxing.

Like many of you I had some time off of work for the Thanksgiving weekend. Unfortunately, even while I was “relaxing” I was not particularly restful.
– I read for work.
– I studied health and nutrition.
– Felt frustrated with the Chicago Bears.
– I followed my fantasy football players.
I was not particularly “rest-full.”

Is Rest Possible?

I know I’m not “good” at resting, but I know that it’s possible.

Nov 15

Tendulkar, Tyko, and Cricket

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013 in Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

Sachin Tendulkar – Cricket’s Babe Ruth – is retiring from the great sport of Cricket. I’ve never met Tendulkar, the man known as the “Little Master”, but I do know my neighbor and friend, Tyko Jaddunath. I wrote about Tyko and Cricket last year, but today Tendulkar is retired and Tyko plays on.

My neighbor, Tyko Jaddunath, plays cricket for the Minnesota Windies.
Last summer I went to their Cricket match.

What’s Cricket?

Nov 10

#51

Posted on Sunday, November 10, 2013 in Emotional, Relational, Spiritual, Sports, Values

dick-butkusFormer Chicago Bears linebacker Dick Butkus #51 was arguably the most intimidating player to ever play football. Other players admitted that they were flat-out frightened of him.

Besides being a ferocious and determined player, Butkus was an intelligent player. He had great vision, instincts, and effort, but he also studied game film – long before it was common – so that he knew what the opposition was likely to do on offense. At the snap of the ball, Butkus seemed to fly to wherever the play was headed. He played every game as though it were his last… 1

Nov 1

What’s HOT?

Posted on Friday, November 1, 2013 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Spiritual, Sports, Values

fire-76815_640This week I’m focusing on five listening moments.

Monday was Listening to Understand
Tuesday was Listen Deeply
Wednesday was Listen Beneath The Surface
Thursday was Listen, Don’t T.R.I.P.

Listen In

If we listen to the news of the day and the waves of our culture we’d spend all of our time chasing what’s “hot.”

Until 2004 the Boston Red Sox hadn’t won baseball’s World Series in 86 years and this week they won their third in the last ten years. They’re hot!

Oct 26

World Series Reading List

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Reviews, Sports, Values

As I write this review, we’re in the midst of the 2013 World Series. The St Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox are battling for the title World Champions.

I have just finished a couple baseball-themed books I think you might enjoy too.

Playing w PurposePlaying with Purpose: Baseball by Mike Yorkey

Playing with Purpose: Baseball by Mike Yorkey takes the readers behind the scenes and into the lives, values and faith of some of the best baseball players who have ever lived including Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, future Hall of Famer Albert Pujoles and Mariano Rivera.