NBA Finals: Warriors > Cavaliers, Positivity, Etc

Today was…a day. It was most certainly a day.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers were smashed by the Golden State Warriors which was not surprising, but definitely disappointing. If you are looking for something that will make you laugh (other than my humor in my post, of course 🙂 ), look no further than this play. I have been laughing about this ever since it happened. There are always guys that move out of the way because they don’t want to get trampled on someone’s rampage to the rim, but you rarely see someone try to play it off the way Cavaliers SG JR Smith did. There’s no shame in getting out of Kevin Durant‘s way. There is a LOT of shame to go around for pretending that you didn’t even see him coming. As ESPN would say, “C’Mon Son!”

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I absolutely had to put this quote in here to discuss how much I disagree with it. Obviously, the Warriors probably think this quote is gospel. However, I have a prime example of why it is the falsest quote of all time. I had a group project in my Physics class today. Well, the presentation was today, anyway. The group had decided on a topic about a month ago. Apparently, my group decided to change that topic yesterday (after I had done a significant amount of research and after I had written a paper on the original topic, mind you) but that’s not the part that pissed me off. No, the part that pissed me off was the fact that my group opted to tell me about the change of topic FIVE MINUTES before we presented it to the class. So, I looked like an unprepared idiot by trying to pass off as knowledgeable in a topic that I spent five minutes researching, even though I did a few hours of research on the original topic. Needless to say, which is to say I do feel a need to say this because it’s actually rather ridiculous to say needless to say and then say the thing that doesn’t need saying. Anyway, I’m not looking forward to seeing my grade on the project.

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Going off another thing that happened in class today (though, this one happened in my Writing class today), my class took several moments to reflect on our progress through the quarter because it was our last class. The quote says two years, but it’s amazing how much I’ve learned in ten weeks. A good teacher makes a huge difference, and I said as much in class. It’s not so often I have a class where my limits are pushed as much as they were in the writing class. I learned so much from pushing my limits. I also learned that I don’t push my limits as much as I should because I want to learn more.

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Challenge: Try not to break into the worst Disney song ever made.

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I’m really not sure what to make of this. I can think only of my constant debates I have internally between my mind and my heart. I suppose this quote is referring to denying what the mind wants so the heart can get what it wants, which will feed your soul, in turn. I definitely have come to realize that the mind and the heart WANT very different things. Well, maybe want isn’t the correct word. It’s not that they want different things, it’s just that…they have different priorities, I guess. I’ve found that chasing what the heart wants often ends poorly. As much as I would like to balance chasing what my mind and my heart want, I know that my mind wins out most of the time. The interesting thing is that the mind often denies the heart what it wants because the mind has greater foresight to understand that the heart can end up worse than it started off if it does chase what it wants. In my opinion, the heart is under the impression that it can be healed if it is hurt in pursuit of a desire. Unfortunately, whatever heals the heart must not be the mind, which is why it stops the heart from pursuing desires. The mind feels the heart’s pain and can do nothing to ease the pain.

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So, I oozed enthusiasm in my writing class. I also did so during high school. (Ask any of my classmates, I’m actually curious to know how much I irritated them) I oozed enthusiasm to the point where I actually irritated myself. That’s the only way I know how to do it. I just try to spread positivity everywhere, and as much as possible. The world could use more positivity, especially with all of the negativity that is going around constantly in politics and the media.

This quote gets me through anything difficult. If you lift your head up, you will get through. I know that life is tough and I know that it’s tough to fight back when life hits you. But, the reality is that everything in life is a mindset. As much as other people try to convince me otherwise, I truly believe that. What I’m about to say might ruffle a few feathers, so please know that is not my intention, I am just stating my point of view from the information I have available to me. Several of my former high school classmates had/have depression (I will not name any of them for confidentiality reasons, of course). I stated my point of view to one of them that they would be fine if they just thought happy thoughts and chose to be happy. Their natural response was to say, “It’s not that simple.” But, how do we know either way? Those with depression have no idea what the mindset of those without depression is, and those without depression have no idea what the mindset of those with depression is. Whose to say that it isn’t as simple as a thought process that puts a person in either state? Again, I apologize if this offends anybody, that is not my intention. I’m simply saying that so much of life is mental. My opinion, is that it’s up to you if you want to be happy. And you always have that choice.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on Game 1 of the NBA Finals and/or on any of the 5 quotes above and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to hop on my enthusiasm train. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

And So It Goes – Billy Joel

And So It Goes            Billy Joel

In every heart there is a room
A sanctuary safe and strong
To heal the wounds from lovers past
Until a new one comes along

I spoke to you in cautious tones
You answered me with no pretense
And still I feel I said too much
My silence is my self defense

And every time I’ve held a rose
It seems I only felt the thorns
And so it goes, and so it goes
And so will you soon I suppose

But if my silence made you leave
Then that would be my worst mistake
So I will share this room with you
And you can have this heart to break

And this is why my eyes are closed
It’s just as well for all I’ve seen
And so it goes, and so it goes
And you’re the only one who knows

So I would choose to be with you
That’s if the choice were mine to make
But you can make decisions too
And you can have this heart to break

And so it goes, and so it goes
And you’re the only one who knows

Boise State Basketball, Daily Dose of Positivity

I watched the first half of the New Mexico @ Boise State basketball game and…ugh! That’s the best way I can describe it. New Mexico shot somewhere in the neighborhood of 65% to Boise State’s 35%. It was a 49-31 game at half. Hopefully Boise State can make a resurgence in the second half.

Alright, now for the daily dose of positivity. I am obligated to include this for two reasons:

  1. Some people take some of the slightly negative stories I tell very seriously, so this is evidence that I DO believe there is hope for all of us on this planet, myself included.
  2. I actually do believe there’s some good left in this world, Mr. Frodo…And it’s worth fighting for.

I wanted to expand on my Quote Bank post from four days ago:

“Maybe the best things…the richest things…aren’t supposed to come easy. And the moments that make the most sense come when nothing else does.” -Maggie Lawson as Juliet O’Hara in Psych.

This quote was what inspired me to write that Quote Bank post. I’ll be honest, the character of Juliet is probably my least favorite in Psych because she’s the least comedic. However, this is easily the most powerful line in the show. It originally appeared in the episode “An Evening with Mr. Yang”. I find it more powerful in the episode “Deez Nups”. Honestly, “Deez Nups” is the hardest episode for me to watch. It reminds me too much of my breakup. BUT, this is supposed to be a positive post, so I’ll remind everyone that everything works out in the show and talk about the quote. This quote encapsulates why I participate in the grind everyday. I know that the best things aren’t supposed to come easy, so I do what I need to do to set myself up to experience a best thing. Furthermore, nothing in the world makes sense. Like…ever. Just know that, through all the fuzz, a moment of clarity will shine through, and that moment will be all the sweeter because it will be such a reprieve. That ties into the next quote I want to elaborate…

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So, scientifically, stars still have luminosity and, therefore, would continue to shine even if it wasn’t dark. But, science is a little uptight, so we’ll pretend that it doesn’t exist 🙂 The darkness is no different from the fuzz, and the shine is no different from the clarity. If everything in the world around you isn’t going the way it should or the way you want it to, use that to rise up. Remember, light overtakes darkness. Don’t succumb to the darkness, light it up!

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Last week in my Gateway to Business class, every member of the class had to pitch an idea for an app. Afterward, we were all to form groups of 4-5 people to work on developing one of the apps. During the class, the professor repeatedly said that we would regret it if we didn’t take a chance and pitch our idea. Well, I listened to him and pitched my idea (an app that would allow someone to hum into a microphone, then notate what the person hummed). What he failed to mention was that we would regret not sticking to our idea when it came time to choose teams. When it was time to choose teams, I immediately went to another person’s idea (all of the ideas had been written on giant pieces of paper and hung around the room). I saw a couple of people standing next to my idea, but I stayed with the other idea I went to. I have been wishing I had backed my idea ever since. Sometimes you have to take a string of risks. Go for it. Don’t ever look back because you didn’t go all the way for it. Let me tell you something, I took a chance with my ex-girlfriend back in the day (which is why she’s my ex). I know I’ve mentioned that multiple times in this blog, but what I haven’t mentioned is that I don’t regret taking the chance. I only regret HOW I took the chance. Because when you go big, you don’t EVER go home. We are defined by the chances we take and how we take them. It’s a two-step process. The second step of how would not exist without the first step of actually taking the chance. So, go for it.

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I sincerely hope this is true. I hope I am going to the right place for all of the blind choices I have made out of not knowing what the right one is. This must be true for how many people seem to have ended up in the right place even though they admit that they made plenty of mistakes along the way. Sometimes you’ll hit a slump. Play through it. Remember the cliches: Michael Jordan got cut from his high school basketball team, Steve Jobs didn’t attend college, Trump has gone bankrupt multiple times, etc. They all played through their slumps. So should you.

To live the way you want to live, to be true to yourself will not always make you the most famous person. If you make a positive, important impact on a few, that is far better than being known by or making a negative impact on many.

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Real life example: People were afraid after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor during World War II. That fear led to them being angry with Japanese-Americans. Their anger grew to hate when the American government decided to put Japanese-Americans in concentration camps. Although US concentration camps weren’t as bad as the Nazi concentration camps, Japanese-Americans still experience a lot of suffering resulting from that hate. Learn to control your fears. Things can become so much worse if you don’t. That is a lesson that I could still learn, too.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the Boise State basketball game and/or on the multitude of quotes and following analysis and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, suppress your fear to become one so it doesn’t spiral. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Quote Bank

“Maybe the best things…the richest things…aren’t supposed to come easy. And the moments that make the most sense come when nothing else does…” -Maggie Lawson as Juliet O’Hara in Psych.

“Love is being stupid together.” -Paul Valery, Poet

“The longer one is alone, the easier it is to hear the song of the Earth.” -Robert Anton Wilson, Writer

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Happy Birthday to Orlando Bloom

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