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.


NBA Playoffs, Listen Don’t Speak

So, the NBA Playoffs are officially set! The bracket looks like this:

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Courtesy of Business Insider

And it will eventually look like this:

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Courtesy of Yours Truly

It’s not the rematch the world wants, but it’s the rematch the world deserves. This time, skill trumps heart, as the addition of F Kevin Durant leads the Golden State Warriors to the 4-1 NBA Finals victory they almost had last year over the Cleveland Cavaliers, who play A LOT LESS like a team this year as compared to last year.

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Which leads quite nicely into the following lesson…
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True. We all construct our own reality through our vastly different perceptions.
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Quote of the Day

This Quote of the Day is one I know my mom will love, and it’s definitely one that belongs on a shirt! This quote is basically shouting, “Shut up and LISTEN!!!” That’s something very few people are actually capable of doing. I try to listen as frequently as possible (maybe that’s why I seem to have so many friends who won’t stop making noises with their face-holes).  Life is far more interesting if you spend more time listening than you spend speaking. If you listen, you’ll hear stories. Stories of happiness, sadness, love, catastrophe, etc. It’s amazing to hear so many different stories from so many different individuals, all sharing their highly unique version of reality based on what they perceive. If you ask a person to share ONE story with you, you can learn: their top priority in life, whether they are an optimist or a pessimist, how deeply they feel, how deeply they care, among so many other things. If you ask for many stories from many different individuals, you will be able to piece together your own, unique perception of reality by building off of the building blocks given to you by others. In fact, I’m challenging you: see how long you can go without speaking a single word while you’re awake. Just listen and think. I would venture to guess most people could not get past five hours, so that’s your goal (remember, the challenge only stands while you’re awake because you can’t really listen effectively if you’re asleep). Let me know how well you do.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the NBA Playoffs (specifically, your own prediction) and/or on the quotes and/or on listening instead of speaking 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 make me feel like I’ve won my own NBA Finals. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.


Weekend Update: August 6-7, 2016

“Sometimes, it’s super sweet…to NOT know.” -James Roday (as Shawn Spencer from Psych), Actor

The above quote is my lame excuse for being tired and not wanting to search for a powerful quote. Same goes for the repeat scene. But let’s be real, that’s a great scene. Besides, I’ve got quite a bit to talk about. Starting with the Olympics:

  1. Team USA is destroying the competition in Rio. We lead the games in total medal count (12 to second place’s 8), silver medal count (5 to second place’s 3), and we’re tied for first in gold medal count (3). Michael Phelps received his 19th all-time gold medal today in the Men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay. I also saw our archery team take silver because South Korea’s team couldn’t stop hitting the target dead-center. Both of our basketball teams destroyed their competition. For the men’s team, they beat China on multiple threes from Golden State Warriors SF Kevin Durant. Honestly, he looked like more of a splash bro than Golden State Warriors SG Klay Thompson did in that game. For the women’s team, they set new US Olympic records for points scored (120, previously: 114) and largest margin of victory (65 points, previously: 60 points). In fact, they won by more points (65) than the Senegal team scored (55).
  2. Team China and Team Australia are currently tied for first in gold medal count (3), with Team USA.
  3. Team Japan leads the way in bronze medal count (6).
  4. Coming in behind Team USA in total medal count are Team China (8 medals, 2nd place), and Teams Italy and Japan (7 medals, T-3rd place).

So a little bit about my life today as an explanation for why this post is so late. I woke up this morning and proceeded to mow two lawns. After that, I showered, then went to see the new Bourne movie. By the way, after that movie, I said, “I would rather have seen Star Trek: Beyond again.” Of course, Star Trek: Beyond is a fantastic movie, but the point is, the Bourne movie sucks. There is so much action that they forgot about the story. Following that, I had a couple of hours to do some Green Bay Packers-Indianapolis Colts Madden NFL 16 gameplay, in preparation for the Hall of Fame Game (I’ll get back to that), prior to my French Horn recital. Then, I had my French Horn recital. After that, I FINALLY went to get some ‘real’ food (It was about 7pm and all I had to eat the entire day was popcorn at the movie theatre) at Dairy Queen with two of my fellow French Horn players, and our French Horn instructor. Our instructor left after about an hour, but the other Horn players and I kept talking in Dairy Queen for ANOTHER hour. Then, we decided to head over to our local ‘fun zone’ (that’s the technical term) to play some mini golf and bowling. So, I just got home about 30 minutes ago. LONG day. That’s why this is a late post. But I still have NFL news ahead:

  1. I said I would get back to the Hall of Fame Game later…it’s later. CANCELLED. Yeah, the first taste of football since the Super Bowl, back in February was CANCELLED. That was a MASSIVE disappointment after having counted down all of the days until the return of football. Apparently, some of the paint on the field was a slipping hazard. LAME EXCUSE! I WANTED FOOTBALL!!! I DON’T CARE IF IT’S PRESEASON, GIVE ME FOOTBALL!!!!! So, the wait for football now continues until Week 1 of the NFL Preseason begins on Thursday.
  2. The Oakland Raiders are anxious to start winning. OG Kelechi Osemele and DE Mario Edwards Jr threw punches at each other in practice today. They both got booted from the session following the brawl. The attitude is finally back in Oakland! I’m excited! This could be a special season for the Raiders.
  3. LB Brandon Spikes has had a lot of controversy surrounding his off-the-field antics. He did not play in the NFL last season following the discovery of his car on a highway, not far from the location of a hit-and-run. Well, Spikes seems to have overcome his issues, as he signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills today. His antics do seem to match head coach Rex Ryan’s style.
  4. Good news New England Patriots fans, WR Julian Edelman has officially returned to practice. The receiver was previously kept off the field due to a foot surgery he underwent in May. Of course, Edelman might not make too much of a difference with QB Tom Brady suspended for the first four games of the regular season. Still though, a confidence boost for the team, for sure.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the Olympics news and/or my day (or your day) and/or the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: July 4, 2016

I want to begin today’s post by giving a HUGE shout-out to my friend who started her own blog a week ago! It’s SUPER cool, so I encourage all of you to check it out. And don’t just check it out yourself, show it to EVERYBODY that you know. She discusses a lot of the same deep topics that I do with my daily quotes, though she does it in a much gentler fashion. So if I’m too straightforward for you, or even if I’m not, go check out her blog, Adventuresome.

Next up, I want to apologize for turning up on all of you yesterday. I get really invested in a lot of the things I talk about because I love to think, and yesterday’s topic is one that has influenced the lives of many people in many different ways. As an apology, I will stick to just the NFL news today. However, I still encourage you all to read yesterday’s post, so I will take the liberty of making it more entertaining by adding in the links I was going to add in yesterday. Even if you already read it, PLEASE read it again. I know it’s straightforward and it came (I admit) from a place of anger for me, but it is still HIGHLY applicable to society today. Now, (drumroll please), the moment you’ve all been waiting for since Friday…

  1. What better way to start today’s NFL news than with some NBA news?! The biggest free agent of the summer, SF Kevin Durant, has decided to sign with the…GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS! They weren’t unstoppable enough, apparently. The signing of Durant left former-Warriors SF Harrison Barnes to be picked up by the Dallas Mavericks, and the Warriors also traded C Andrew Bogut to the Mavericks to clear up cap space. Even so, the Warriors starting five now looks like this:  ALL FIVE OF THESE GUYS ARE CAPABLE OF PUTTING UP VIDEO GAME NUMBERS! And Durant will be a HUGE improvement over Barnes, who was Brick-City from three point range in the 2016 NBA Finals. Oh yeah, all of these guys can shoot threes at a high clip too. If they can all learn to pass, they might just be the first NBA team to go UNDEFEATED.
  2. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! I needed to make sure I said that (and I wanted to put in the best version of the National Anthem of the United States of America ever to be performed, and not just because it was prelude to one of the greatest Super Bowls ever, in which the New York Giants defeated the Buffalo Bills because Bills K Scott Norwood missed a last-second field goal attempt than would have won the game). I’m sure most of you are enjoying your fireworks shows as I type this. GO AMERICA!!!

It turns out there wasn’t much in the way of NFL news. Oh well. That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment regarding the daily news, along with a much-appreciated like. AND DON’T FORGET TO CHECK OUT MY FRIEND’S NEW BLOG, FOR WHICH, THERE ARE NOT ONE, BUT TWO LINKS IN THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF TODAY’S POST SO YOU CAN CHECK IT OUT!!!!! Have a pleasant tomorrow.