Monday, November 16, 2015
This Is Not A Math Test!
The odds may be stacked against you but what the odds don't know is this is not a math test... this is a completely different kind of test; one where passion has a funny way of trumping logic...
Numbers can be fascinating in the way they expand and draw back together, the avenues they create. I'm just not willing to live my life by a formula. Fantasy Football has taken the glory from the competition and made it a stat driven leader board. People measure their every step and moment of sleep. We cannot fathom taking action without a stack of number to validate our decision (or indecision so it seems).
What happened to romance? What happened to leaping into the unknown? What happened to glory?
Winning against the odds destroys logic... It is a profound opportunity to know that with each day the less-courageous can be made to look foolish.
Does anybody remember courage? Impulse? The joy of uncertainty?
Indeed, our lives are not to be lived lived by simple standards. We are called upon to corrupt the system by disagreeing with logic. It's called innovation, transformation, disruption.
Popular opinion is often wrong, numbers lie and beurocracy has been created by those protecting their lack of ingenuity.
Some times you have to be willing to try in spite of the odds. Those who rely on logic hate speadsheet tampering.
I am not now, have never been and will never be willing to be predictable!
Herb Brooks had a calculated method for beating the Russians, Namath threw a ton of passes in his super bowl upset, Muhammad Ali knew exactly what he has doing when he leaned back on the ropes in Zaire. Upsets don't happen by accident, the assumed lesser wins when they decide to change the rules of the game.
The first step to beating a superior opponent is meeting them at mid-field letting them know you are not afraid of them.
Shine a Light
"... all these people around you saying, "we've got so much further to go, it's gonna get worse before it gets better", I don't know if that's true..."
The above excerpt from Plastic Flowers by The Front Bottoms reveals a consistently ignored truth:
Tony Robbins doesn't own the market on self-help!
The Great Jerry Garcia himself had noted ones ability to find light in the strangest of places.
If you go to church for inspiration and you feel nothing, stop going! If your job sucks the life from you, quit! If you hate your boyfriend, break up with him. At the very least, find a way to knock an elephant on their ass from time to time.
Don't wait around for the logical choice to change your life. Fix it on your own.... It is far more satisfying to win a game on the field than by forfeit.
They Won't Remember You for Being Regular
When we were kids we would gather on the side of the football field at varsity games. Naturally kids from the other side of town would come over to our side of the field and a game of football would break out. There were no rules, it was kids with uncompromising pride, fighting for one another. We'd competed against each other in the neighborhood for years now we were venturing out.... together.
I would yell at the top of my lungs for the older boys from my block as they crushed the out-of-towners. Time went by and at a certain point I took offense to men in opposing jerseys walking our sidelines. I dropped the ball in front of them and a game ensued. We butted heads for a few drives when I looked up to see the younger kids from my block cheering me on.... It was my time to lead and I wasn't going to let them down.
You are remembered for the times you stuck up for your tribe. There is no valor in letting your little sister suffer because you were too cowardly to stand up for what you believed in.
Numbers lie, rules were meant to be broken, heroes are made when the impossible is conquered.
Don't Forget to Remember!