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.

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April Snow, Self-Discovery, Maturity

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I was walking around in the snow today (yes, snow. In Denver. All of the second-to-last day of APRIL) and I started thinking even deeper than usual (there’s just something about the peaceful silence of falling snow that sends my mind into serenity). I was having a conversation with one of my friends about another one of my friends. I told my friend that my other friend had known for the majority of his life that he wanted to be a missionary. My friend’s immediate response was along the lines of, “Why would you want to spend your life making such little money?” The truth is, I’ve always envied my friend’s vision of his future as a missionary. Not for any religious regions, but because he so clearly knew what he wanted to do. I told this to the friend I was conversing with and he said, “It’s better to open your mind.” But, is that even related? At about this point, the friend I was conversing with walked the other direction from me, leaving me alone with my thoughts.

I don’t think that knowing what you want to do means that you close your mind. Rather, I would say that knowing what you want to do means that you close your heart. That may sound kind of pessimistic, but that’s not my intention. Let me try an analogy to explain this: knowing what you want to do (or not) is like relationships. When someone is searching for love, the term that’s frequently used is, “They leave their heart open.” So, when someone finds their significant other and marries that person, that would mean that their heart closes. But, marriage is not a bad thing. In fact, the reason someone opens their heart is to close it for good. It’s weird to think about, right? But, when you know what you want to do, your heart closes. In the meantime, someone who is searching for what they want to do leaves their heart open to different possibilities for their future. And, like in relationships, leaving your heart open to search for your purpose can begin to hurt after a while. The pain comes from societal expectations. Most people have others in their life that expect them to know what they want to do and expect them to get married. Eventually, they adapt these same expectations and they internalize them. It’s amazing to think about how few people are doing EXACTLY what they, as individuals, want to be doing. I’m spiraling now. My point is this: my friend and I are both right. It’s great to leave your options open, but there is also great benefit to committing. In my opinion, part of growing up is learning to commit.

My perspective there deeply intrigues me. I often get complimented by others about how mature I am for my age, but I am very immature in the sense that I just described. I am terrible with commitment. That’s a result of a few different scenarios, I suppose. Sometimes I just don’t know to what I want to commit, and sometimes I don’t commit the way I should (meaning, I either work WAY too hard or I don’t work NEARLY hard enough). This leads me to wonder: Exactly what constitutes maturity?

Does April snow make May things grow?

When did you find out what you want to do? How?

When have you opened/closed your heart/mind?

How do you define maturity?

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, I would love to hear your responses to the questions above along with anything else that is on your mind. Please leave a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, open (or close?) your heart and become a follower. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow and may the force be with you.

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

French Horn, Love (I know…again? really?), Life

My French Horn playing has been as bad as my posting lately; It’s not that I have been playing poorly, it’s that I haven’t been playing at all. I literally had not picked up my French Horn in 3 months…had? Yep! I finally played again today. There’s another one of my usual fun stories behind this, though…

I was helping my fellow University of Denver friends find their textbooks because our quarter just started today (also, my book-finding skills are off the charts amazing. Lol), when suddenly, I got a call:

Me: “Hello?”

Person on the other end of the phone: “Hi! Is this William?”

Me: “Yes it is.” (I know I need to come up with a wittier response than that to the question ‘Is this William?’. I’ve been thinking about it for some time, but I’ve yet to come up with anything good. Suggestions are welcome in the comments.)

Person on the other end of the phone: “This is Dr. Martin, the director of the Lamont Wind Ensemble. I want to talk to you about joining the group. One of our current horn players is in both Wind Ensemble and Orchestra, but she doesn’t have time for both. I was hoping you would be able to step in?” (At this point I’m paraphrasing because I don’t remember the exact words due to my mixed feelings of excitement and terror.)

Me: “Sure. But…I haven’t played in 3 months.”

Dr. Martin: “How long will it take you to get your face on track?” (For those of you who have never played a brass or woodwind instrument, you need to have strong face muscles to hold the embouchure, which is required to get noise out of the instrument.)

Me: “I don’t know. I’ll head over to the practice rooms and find out.”

Dr. Martin: “Great! We rehearse tomorrow from 4-6. See you there and make sure to come up and say hi! I can’t wait to meet you!”

*Hangs up*

So, there you go. I hit up the practice room about an hour ago. This is what turned up after 3 months without even touching my instrument:

If that doesn’t work (I have never embedded a tweet before), here’s the link to get to it.

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Wow. There is a quote to support this suspicion that I’ve had for a while.
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..said nobody, ever. Except for whoever’s quote this is.

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The quote directly above this sentence is the quote of the day. My take? I disagree. It doesn’t have to be dancing; It could be: singing, skipping, laughing, etc. This quote is correct about everything else, though. You can’t wait for the storm to pass in life because life IS the storm, and it will never pass. Those who find happiness do so because they learn to dance, sing, skip, laugh, etc in the rain. Fight back against the world that is trying to bring you down! If you fight back, the world can’t bring you down. It only brings down those who conform to it. The storm of life always changes. Sometimes it’s snow: Use a shovel. Sometimes it’s lightning: Use rubber. Sometimes it’s a hurricane: …Bad example…There’s not really a way to combat a hurricane… You get my point! To quote Shawn Spencer from Psych (though, I think it’s just a proverb or something because there have been, like, a zillion people who have said this), “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

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This is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a LONG time.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the French Horn bit (story, critique of my playing, etc) and/or on the two quotes I put it to remind everyone (including myself) that I’m not always 100% happy, but I endure and find positivity and/or on the quote of the day and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower and I will help guide you through the storm of life. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Destiny, Radio, Pro Bowl, Portland Trail Blazers, Star Wars, The Shining, Psych

My first ever radio show went well on Saturday!

Alright, now on to the negativity:

The NFC lost the Pro Bowl. Strike 1.

The Portland Trail Blazers lost AGAIN, this time to the PG Stephen Curry-less Golden State Warriors, in Portland. Strike 2.

Can you tell I’m having a tough time with the positivity today? Sports really make or break my day.

Also, I still don’t have a debit card because my bank screwed up. Strike 3.

Anything else?…

Well, I watched Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace today. Or, part of it. The Pro Bowl put a hold on the movie. Then I finished it after the Pro Bowl. So, all of it. Anyway, I’ll let you guys be the judge of how positive watching Star Wars Episode I is.

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I watched Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi yesterday. That was definitely a positive. I have a friend here who thinks that the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy is better than the Star Wars Original Trilogy. He is literally the ONLY person I have ever known who thinks that. I’m not exaggerating. He is the ONLY one. The Star Wars Original Trilogy features the top 2 movies of all-time, and 3 of the top 5 movies of all-time. The only movie from the Star Wars prequel trilogy that makes the top 10 movies of all-time is Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Even Star Wars Episode III is only at #10. Make no mistake, my friend is WRONG. The Star Wars Original Trilogy is heads above the Star Wars Prequel Trilogy. But, it’s all Star Wars, so it’s all good.

I also watched The Shining over the weekend. Jack Nicholson is a great actor. No idea who the woman in The Shining is. The Shining definitely wasn’t as scary as I had been led to believe. It may be due to the fact that The Shining was made in the 80’s, so it was kind of cheesy with some of the editing. The Shining had a well-written story-line, though. Plus, now I get the references to The Shining in the “Hereeeeee’s Lassie!” episode of Psych.

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Speaking of Psych, I watched some Behind the Scenes footage while I was taking a break from my big INFO 1010 project. James Roday’s audition tape, writers’ commentaries on the pilot, and interviews with all of the main Psych cast members (James Roday, Dule Hill, Maggie Lawson, Timothy Omundson, Corbin Bernsen, and Kirstin Nelson) all included. EPIC!!! Did you know that the main writer behind Psych (Steve Franks) is 6’8″?! I’ve seen him standing next to the Psych cast members and I always thought he was tall, but GEEZ!!! 6’8″ is INSANE!!! He also is a member of the band “The Friendly Indians“, who performed the Psych theme song.

Just an FYI regarding my radio show: The show is called the Bleacher Bums. Me and two of my friends are said Bleacher Bums. We are on the air every Saturday from 3pm-4pm. Tune it for our Sports Talk at kxduradio.com

Is destiny Written in the Stars? Or, do you write your own destiny? It’s a matter of predetermination. I will say this much: nothing goes according to plan. It doesn’t matter if it’s your plan or nature’s plan for you. There will always be bumps in the road. The most important thing is to be yourself. Don’t ever change who you are just to fit a plan. Find a plan that aligns with who you are. I realize that I am being hypocritical as I say that because I’ve just recently come to realize that I shouldn’t be sweating the “mistakes” that I’ve made by being myself. I know that I still think about those “mistakes” because I can’t help but thinking that they were “mistakes” because of the end result. But, I followed my heart and that’s what gets me past those, and other moments of doubt. I just keep following my heart, and my brain aids if it is needed. That’s what I encourage all of you to do. We are not defined by what others think of our decisions, but rather, by what we think of our own decisions. It doesn’t matter if you feel your destiny is predetermined, or if you feel you are continuously shaping your destiny every second of your life. Why? Either way, you should be who you are. After all, only YOU can shape your own destiny.

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That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on KXDU and the Bleacher Bums and/or on the NFL Pro Bowl and/or on the Portland Trail Blazers and the Golden State Warriors and/or on Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and/or on Star Wars Episode VI: The Return of the Jedi and/or on the Star Wars Prequel and Original Trilogies and/or on The Shining and/or on Psych and/or on destiny and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, fulfill your destiny by becoming a follower. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Vulnerability Amongst Other Things

“Trust someone until that someone gives you a reason NOT to trust them.” -TheHaysWay

The two quotes above are kind of on the same track. I’d like to talk about the first one, first. Today in my Business class, the professor showed a TED talk about vulnerability. You’re probably wondering, “How does that have anything to do with business.” The professor says vulnerability is crucial in business. I’m not totally convinced that’s true, but I do know this: vulnerability is tough. VERY tough. Vulnerability is a HUGE leap of trust. When you tell someone your deepest and darkest secrets, you expect them not to use those against you. I will admit that this blog is about the closest I can get to being vulnerable. I’ll let you be the judge of how vulnerable I am in this blog, but I hide the things that bother me on a day to day basis. I use the excuse that I don’t want to bother others with my own problems. I’m perfectly willing to help others with their problems, and I certainly don’t betray their trust when they do tell me their problems. But, I don’t really trust people with the deep stuff. I won’t even admit the deep stuff to my best friend. I would trust him with my life, but I don’t trust anybody with what I FEEL. I have been told my entire life that I would find at least one other person who thinks like me. That was basically a cliche as I was headed to college, “You’ll find someone there who thinks like you.” I still haven’t. I am THOROUGHLY convinced that there is nobody else who actually thinks like me. I confuse myself with my thoughts. How could someone else have even remotely the same labyrinth of a mind that I have? I think both like a nerd and a jock. I am both an extrovert and an introvert. I am both intelligent and idiotic. I am both funny and serious. I am both lively and boring. I can both love and dislike the same thing, simultaneously. I combine opposites in just about every way possible. Also, it seems like people tend to pry too much whenever I am vulnerable in a face-to-face situation. Once you start opening up, people want to hear EVERYTHING. Rarely do you find someone who will just listen when you tell them something deep. Maybe it’s because they have either the “You need a therapist” mindset, or the “Getting your entire life off your chest now will make you feel better” mindset. Nope. Not even sort of. It’s not that I don’t trust people with the information that I give them, it’s just that I don’t trust them to not try to pry too deeply. Also, depending on who you are vulnerable with, it may positively or negatively affect your capacity for joy and love. I have found that being vulnerable with someone generally means you love that person to some extent. But we would not be able to truly appreciate joy and love without the potential for sadness, anger, and hate. That’s the danger of being vulnerable: you may experience sadness, anger, and/or hate, but you have the potential to truly appreciate joy and love.

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I’d now like to sit on the throne of hypocrisy by discussing the second quote. When I say trust people until they give you a reason not to, I mean in regard to the small stuff. I trust people to help me out when I need them to unless they show me that they are incapable of helping out. There are definitely both dangers and benefits to trusting people quickly. Benefit: If you show someone that you trust them, they are more likely to trust you. Danger: A person you trust may take advantage of that trust. There is also a rare scenario where you trust someone and they prove trustworthy for multiple months or even years until they betray your trust in one colossal mistake. That is a REALLY unfortunate scenario. I do believe that my quote is modifiable in such an instance. Everyone makes mistakes. If someone proves their trustworthiness but makes a few mistakes, it’s okay. As long as they prove trustworthy at a much greater rate than they betray your trust. Nobody is perfect. It’s hard for anyone to be 100% trustworthy with the many different priorities and responsibilities that fall on each person. Be understanding. I doubt any married person can say that their spouse has never once betrayed their trust. I could be wrong because I obviously have no experience in the matter, but it seems like a fairly safe bet. It’s particularly hard when there are multiple people that you are trying to prove your trustworthiness to. Or when your heart and brain have different priorities. Your path won’t always light up the way you want it to. It takes many unexpected turns. Sometimes, something that FEELS right is not. At least, that’s what I’m told. Sometimes I wonder how much a person is shaped by the decisions they allow others to make for them. How many people can truly say that they stood up for everything they wanted and everything they believed in? NOBODY. Sometimes it’s possible to have too many people counting on you to make the right decision in their mind, and you lose sight of what the right decision in your mind is. Or the right decision in your heart. Sometimes when you want to switch up your priorities, you are reminded that you are restricted. Priorities aren’t always set the way an individual wants them to be. Sometimes they are set out of necessity. How different would your life be if you always did what YOU wanted? If you blocked out all outside opinions? How often do you let your mind make decisions instead of your heart? How often do you let your heart make decisions instead of your mind?

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The Blazers are getting FAR too close to this point.

Well, another day, another loss for the Portland Trail Blazers. They lost 93-92 in Philadelphia to the 76ers. They blew a 13 point halftime lead. Typical Blazers basketball. Total lack of second-half performance. Also, I believe I am 0 for ownership when it comes to the games for which I wear my Damian Lillard jersey. I’m really starting to think it’s bad luck. Which is a bummer because it’s a really cool jersey.

I finally got some exercise today! Got a nice hour and a half of throwing the frisbee around with a friend.

I also watched The Blind Side with some friends. I love that movie. I’ve seen it at least ten times now. It’s inspirational every time.

Today was the day that President Trump was officially inaugurated. I only saw the oaths of both Trump and Vice President Pence because the ceremony was during class. Luckily, my professor was willing to show the historic moment in class. I also got to listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir (MoTab) perform. They were great. Easily the best choir in the US. I’m so impressed by their unity every time I hear them.

In football news, we are TWO DAYS away from both the NFC and AFC Championships!

Ex-Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley was hired by the San Diego Chargers to be their new defensive coordinator. To use a line from Madden NFL 17, “Seems like reshuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.”

Baltimore Ravens LB Zach Orr announced his retirement today, at the age of 24. In a move eerily similar to that of ex-San Francisco 49ers LB Chris Borland, Orr has decided to hang up his cleats due to injury concerns. In his case, it’s because of a congenital neck/spine condition. Orr was considered the best young defender on the Ravens defense, even drawing the occasional review of “the next Ray Lewis”.

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As of now, the NFL’s International Series for the 2017 regular season will include the following 4 teams playing in London: Baltimore Ravens, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Miami Dolphins.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on vulnerability and/or on trust and/or on the Trail Blazers and/or on exercise and/or on The Blind Side and/or on President Trump and/or on Gus Bradley and/or on Zach Orr and/or on the NFL’s International Series, along with a much appreciate like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to watch me try to be vulnerable. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Dreams, Life’s Journey, and More…

I forgot to mention in my post yesterday that Jerry Reese (the New York Giants general manager) came out and said that it was time for the team to start thinking about life after QB Eli Manning. Yes! I’m excited! It’s about time that Giants management recognize Eli’s decline. That said, I thank Eli for his service to the Giants. I am so thankful that I was fortunate enough to see the Giants win two Super Bowls in my childhood. I look forward to the next great QB that the Giants find to eventually replace Eli, and I hope that he will win more Super Bowls for the Giants in my adulthood.

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Last night, I had a dream…I’d like to leave it at that. Fine, a little more clarification: it was a dream that I didn’t want to have. Not a nightmare, just something that I didn’t want to be reminded of. Do you know that kind of dream? It’s not scary, it’s just something or someone that slips into your subconscious when you don’t want it to. When you’re trying to forget that something or someone…

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Speaking of dreams, do you believe that it’s possible to subconsciously predict the future? I mean, is it actually possible to have subconscious dreams of the future that come true? I’ve asked myself that question before, but I’m torn about the answer. On one hand, I have had multiple subconscious visions that came true. On the other hand, I have had some that I feel COULD come true, but they seem unlike. Then there are some dreams that are totally unrealistic. I’ve also had repeated realistic dreams regarding the same subjects, sometimes. It’s confusing in a maddening sort of way when I have a realistic dream about a subject that can happen in the near future, then I have a realistic dream about that same subject several months later, even though it seems like the window for that subject to happen has already come and gone. I don’t know if my subconscious is trying to torture me or encourage me. My brain is wired in an interesting way: My nightmares have always been fictitious, while my other dreams always seem to be realistic. I just never know if the realistic ones from my subconscious are realistic in a realistic fiction sort of way, or realistic in a nonfiction sort of way. Regardless, I’m thankful that my nightmares are unrealistic.

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You know that feeling when you are racing? Not literally running a race, but every part of you seems to be running its own marathon. Your mind is working overtime on work, your heart is working overtime on doing what is right, and the rest of your body is trying to figure out what the heck it’s supposed to do to satisfy both when they’re running in opposite directions. I’ve been feeling that for a while, now. Clarity is a rare thing to come by. I wish I could find some between my mind and my heart. That might allow me to get some more sleep, not feel like I need to eat junk food to make myself feel better, and just generally feel less stress.

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Okay, I tried to get a few things off my mind and they came off a little on the negative side. It’s quite a challenge to write in the most positive voice possible when you are spilling out some deeper thoughts that you don’t really enjoy. Well, I owe you guys (and myself) some positivity. So, here it goes:

Sometimes, I get a good feeling. Have you felt it? That feeling that deep down, everything is going to work out perfect. That feeling that you are nearing that light at the end of the tunnel that everyone usually sees for you, but you have trouble seeing for yourself. Maybe the destination isn’t hard to see because you’re in a dark tunnel. Maybe, instead, the destination is hard to see because you are being blinded by the light. After all, people usually say that it’s not so much the destination that matters as it is the journey. Why? Well, there would be no destination without the journey. In order to reach a destination, you MUST go on a journey. So, don’t think about the destination. If you’re going to have to go on a journey regardless of the destination, you might as well enjoy the journey. If you enjoy the journey, you’ll likely end up at a destination you want to be at. The journey isn’t always perfect. There are plenty of bumps in the road, and those bumps are different for each person during their personal journey. But, rarely does anyone look at a road trip and think, “Wow that one pothole sucked!” Usually, they think, “That was a beautiful forest.” In fact, usually they have pictures of that beautiful forest through which they traveled. So, why should your life’s journey be any different? Don’t think too much about the potholes. The forests are what you’ll remember in the end. The journey of life, though challenging, is filled with beauty. Live it! Because no matter what the physical destination is, you’re headed to your home.

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That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the future of the QB position for the New York Giants and/or on dreams (and their potential to predict the future) and/or on mental, emotional racing and/or on life’s journey, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to enjoy life’s journey with TheHaysWay. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Temper: OBJ and Feeling

“Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” -Charles Dickens, Author

I’m a red-head, so I’ve heard a thing or two about temper. It’s amazing how strong that stereotype is. Red hair does NOT equal hothead. I’m one of the most level-headed people I know. In fact, I hate getting mad at people. I live my life trying to help others find happiness, and anger just doesn’t have a place in that. I’ve had a lot of people get angry with me, but I can only think of one person who has made me REALLY angry in the past year (not my ex, for the record), and that person has gotten me to yell multiple times. That person REALLY knows how to irritate me; It’s actually kind of impressive because even I didn’t know I could get so irritated. Anyway, that’s mostly just a side note regarding the stereotype that red-heads have bad tempers: It’s NOT true.

Do you have a bad temper? Do you know anyone else that has a bad temper?

This is a great quote. It’s so great, that I’m going to take a moment to analyze all three parts. “Have a heart that never hardens”. Heart is probably the most important thing in the world, in my opinion. Heart guides the decisions that I make in my life, for better or for worse. I may regret the WAY that I have approached situations, but I NEVER regret my intentions. I always go for what I FEEL is right. Feeling is the best way to go through life. Most of the time, problems can be solved by just doing what feels right. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. It doesn’t matter if people disagree with you and try to break your heart, NEVER stop following it. The only way your heart can harden is if YOU allow it to harden by letting people get to you. A “temper that never tires”. I don’t think this line is encouraging anger. Rather, it is encouraging passion. That’s why it’s tied to the quote about the heart. Never let your passion die. Express yourself and fight for what you believe in and for what you want. A “touch that never hurts”. This line almost doesn’t seem to fit in with the other two parts of the quote. I feel like this ties in to what I was talking about in the first paragraph; Help others. Feeling your way through life will rarely hurt others because feeling usually includes empathizing. When you hurt others, you don’t feel right. At least, that’s how it works for me. That’s why I always try to help others.

Which of the three parts of this quote means the most to you? Why?

I looked up ‘temper’ because of New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. Only OBJ has the passion for the game to get into an altercation with a kicking net when he has over 100 yards receiving. It’s interesting how much people make of the OBJ-CB Josh Norman matchup. It’s happened twice, and both times, OBJ destroyed Norman. It seems pretty clear to me that OBJ is a better player than Norman. At the very least, he’s played well enough to not need to be angry with himself. Maybe he just lets the media get into his head about the matchup. Or Norman. Maybe that’s a good thing, too. Can you imagine how hard it is to get over 100 yards receiving against one of the best CBs in the league WHILE he’s causing you to lose your focus by getting in your head? I guess it’s just motivation for the superhuman, OBJ.

Do you believe Norman is truly a worthy matchup for OBJ?

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or on the daily news and/or on the daily questions and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower so I continue to be level-headed. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: June 24, 2016

“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” -Vincent Van Gogh, Artist

I love this quote. Sadly, when I looked for quotes related to work, I found mostly quotes talking about the benefits of work. Work isn’t always beneficial. I am saddened by the influence that the dollar has in today’s society. Unlike Van Gogh, many people today put their heart and their soul into earning money. If Van Gogh lost his mind doing something that he wanted to do instead of something that earned him money, can you imagine what work does to those of us who are in it for the money. I have a very good friend who works seven hours a day at a job, and another at least three or four hours between baby sitting and house sitting. That’s a minimum of ten hours a day! I often ask her, ‘How can you stand to work that much every day?’ Her answer: ‘I love money.’ Of course, I grill her a little for working just for money, and her excuse is that she needs art supplies, and so forth. But, I don’t buy it (LOL, get it, because of money? :)). There is SO much more to life than money. Unfortunately, work is a necessity because everybody needs money to survive in today’s society. But we don’t have to burn ourselves out on making money. Money doesn’t buy happiness. In fact, the reason most people work as much as they do is to provide for the people that they love. In movies, they always say how people would rather spend time with the people they love than have their money. That’s how it should be. Sometimes, the way to provide for the people you love is not earning money for them, it’s sharing your love with them. So, with that, I encourage you all to spend more time with the people around you. Life is short, and I have no idea what it’s purpose is. But, I am absolutely convinced that the purpose is NOT to spend all of our time working. I make my purpose to be with the people I love because they make me happy, and I want to make them happy too. Of course, a job that you love can also bring happiness. For me, this blog is that kind of job, so let’s get to the daily news:

  1. I don’t want to give more publicity to QB Johnny Manziel, but this story is hilarious. The Cleveland Browns aren’t the only ones who doubt Manziel because HIS LAWYER does too! His defense attorney is working on a plea deal with prosecutors in Manziel’s case. The following is a direct quote from the attorney: “Heaven help us if one of the conditions is to pee in a bottle.” That is one of the best things I’ve heard all week. You know the dude has a HUGE problem if the guy who is paid handsomely to support him, still doesn’t.
  2. In December of 2015, an Al-Jazeera America report alleging PED use amongst multiple NFL players was released. Next month, four of those players will be interviewed. Their names: Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison, Green Bay Packers LBs Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and LB Mike Neal. Those are some HUGE names. This incident could have HUGE implications on the legacies of both Harrison and Peppers. It could also affect the future of Matthews. Big mistake for all four players if the report is valid.
  3. QB Tarvaris Jackson was arrested this morning for allegedly threatening a woman. Sadly, the incident likely won’t affect Jackson’s career because it is pretty much over anyway. But still, bad move, man. Respect others. It’s that simple. Somebody needs to make that a message at NFL rookie orientation because I write about these kinds of stories FAR too often.
  4. The Pittsburgh Steelers released K Shaun Suisham following a setback in his rehab of his torn ACL from last season. This was a very interesting move, in which, everybody is mad. I know Steelers fans were FURIOUS upon hearing this news because of last season’s debacle with replacement K Josh Scobee, who made Suisham look like the best K in NFL history. Scobee was TERRIBLE! I was also furious because I hate when teams do that to their players. It’s not his fault he tore his ACL! Suisham did so much for the Steelers, yet, they turn their back on him just like that.
  5. I’m sure most of you have heard about the recent shooting at an Orlando night club. The NFL has too. Today the league, as well as all three Florida-based NFL franchises, donated $400,000 to the OneOrlando Fund, which supports victims’ families, and the survivors of the attack. The amount is a little low considering how much money the four organizations have, but it’s the thought that counts, right? And that is still a lot of money, so good for the NFL.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news, as well as a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: June 7, 2016

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched-they must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller, Author

A slight continuation of yesterday’s theme with the mention of the heart over the mind’s senses. This is ranked as the best quote of all time on brainyquote.com. This quote epitomizes my appreciation for music. I have played the French Horn for seven years now, including four years with the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and three straight years in the Idaho State Solo Competition. I play the French Horn because of the power of music. For all the superpowers of Superman, or Captain America, or any other superhero, music has the greatest superpower of all. Music has the power to move people emotionally. Music connects people to moments in their lives. One song that is very powerful for me is Hallelujah, for many reasons (the version attached is one of the best in my opinion, especially when the fourth singer (Alejandro Fuentes) sings the most powerful verse of the song (in my opinion), however, if you look up the song on Youtube, you will find at least a million different versions). It is a song that I sing with my friends from time to time, and it makes me think of my ex-girlfriend. So it connects me to moments of friendship and love. Plus, it is a tremendously beautiful song. So there is a little more of my soft side, and now for the NFL news:

  1. The NFL Twitter account was hacked today, and the hacker tweeted out that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had passed away. Sadly, many people were probably disappointed to hear that was not actually the case, as Goodell later responded by saying that he is alive and well. Goodell is certainly not the best commissioner the NFL has seen, but I was relieved to hear that he is still okay.
  2. A quick update on the shooting of Denver Broncos CB Aqib Talib: Investigators are now trying to determine if Talib shot himself due to the angle of the injury in his leg.
  3. The St Louis Rams have released WR Stedman Bailey with a non-football injury status. Bailey was shot twice in the head last November and has been attempting to return to the field. His chances certainly don’t look good now, however, word is the Rams intend on bringing him back on to serve in a different role on the team.
  4. S Roman Harper is returning to the New Orleans Saints. Harper signed with the Saints today following helping the Carolina Panthers reach the Super Bowl this year. Amazingly, the Panthers feel it’s a good idea to continue to let members of their Super Bowl secondary walk, with Harper leaving after CB Josh Norman went to the Washington Redskins. Harper likely won’t start in New Orleans with S’s Kenny Vaccaro and Jarius Byrd already in town. Harper spent seven seasons with the Saints prior to his departure to Carolina.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the quote of the day and/or the news of the day, and a like would be much appreciated, as always. Have a pleasant tomorrow.