Saturday, September 9, 2017

Football Lessons: Work Hard... Win Big

This will take less than five minutes today
because I've been paying attention...

and I realized that you have too

as you explained football to me
(using a spiritual connotation)

to illustrate the difference in your stance

when you are

defending
vs.
receiving

Then I watched you in the game

your stance
your mannerisms

and I get it a little more now
as I see the results of the established pattern

work hard
rest well
eat clean
play smart
win big

again and again...

Micah Gardner
North Torrance Varsity Football
c/o 2020

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Your Neighbor Has a First Name

So interesting how these words can hit so close to home

five minute friday

the word...
neighbor

randomly selected

the week...
my next door neighbor

(of over 30 years)

dies

And it appears...

the power in the word is not so random after all

because

gratitude
grace

consistently lends itself to providing

lessons
moments
opportunities

to

see things differently
mature
grow

and I am experiencing one of

those moments
this week

because my neighbor of over 30 years died
and I cannot even remember her first name

(and I try to justify my ignorance)

because

I met her when I was only 8 years old
(so I've always called her by her last)

but the truth of the matter is that
I have not always been the best neighbor

because how do you live NEXT DOOR to someone for 30 years
and NOT even know their first name?

And I am seeing it more each day

fake news
real hatred

indifference

flooded

hearts
minds
homes

words and actions that shred each other apart
rescue and relief efforts that unite and build up

and it is clear that we are all busy

but I wish we could all just stop for a moment and learn each other's first names

I am Tondra... and you are?