Blog 1579 – 01.13.2019
When Your Team Does Not Win
I recall when “good sportsmanship” meant graciously conceding the win to the other team, even smiling and congratulated them. Anymore it seems to be all about how the officials favored the other team, or the other team cheated, or it was all rigged. I saw one of my teams’ players actually clap when one of the other teams’ players made a touchdown. That is how I think it should be. All this emphasis on “we’re right and they’re always wrong” misses the point of the whole game, and life is a game, the playing of which is meant to be fun.
It is an expression one hears and often, “What is the point?” And it is usually meant as a desperate exclamation and not a question, but I aim to answer it nonetheless. The point is this: uncovering the best in ourselves and others. And I resisted the ole saw “Becoming the best we can be.” I submit to you in a fuller higher sense that we need never strive to become better, the best, for we are already that and have always been all, everything that we were created to be – complete and fully equipped from the get go, for every good work.
Life, the game, is not about growing but glowing, not about becoming but just being, revealing all that we already are. Throughout, not just the Bible, but all sacred, holy books, you will find the repeated phrase, “Awake, oh Sleeper.” I have written and often about what I to believe to be the great secret revealed in a children’s rhyming round:
“Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.”
One writer often quoted says, “Do not go gently into that good night but rage against the fading of the light” or words to that effect. There is, I fear, too much raging and not enough waking, too much raging and not enough just being mindful, being kind, being nice.
There is in each of us a kind, gentle, and nice spirit looking for opportunities to reveal itself. Awake, oh Sleeper.
Your friend and fellow traveler,
Like you wakeful, kind, and nice,