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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End Up Where You Need to Be: Just Go

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Yup, it’s been a minute. I didn’t intend to take a break from blogging but maybe this post will be more impactful since it’s been a while. Maybe it’s where it needs to be timing-wise. Let me tell you something…I have no ability to plan. Seriously, I cannot plan ahead anymore than a week. Why? I don’t know exactly. I guess it’s because I just don’t know what I want anymore than a week before I start chasing what I want. I enjoy flying through life by the seat of my pants. I leap before I even look down. I am as close as one can get to being a professional procrastinator. The funny thing is, when I look at my life and realize that all of that is the case, I don’t want to change a thing. It’s worked. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things in my life that I wish I hadn’t done, or that I wish I could change…but my life is amazing. I couldn’t ask for a better family, better friends, or a better…me. It’s easy to complain about the small things (like the people in the room next to me who like to party until 4 am on the weekends), but the big things are what define life, and my big things are exactly where I want them to be. I say all of this in relation to the quote. I have not gone where I intended because I never intend to go anywhere. That’s how I keep ending up exactly where I need to be. I’m not encouraging procrastination (unless that’s your thing), I’m just encouraging you not to worry. Whether you know where you’re going or not, you usually end up in the right place. Make the best of everything around you. Love the people in your life, enjoy the places you go, just choose to be happy and positive. Life is too short to micromanage everything in it and worry about it, so don’t. To end with another quote: “Destinations are where we begin again.” –Josh GrobanBelieve from The Polar Express

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.

Positive>Negative, -x-=+

In math, you get a positive if you multiply an even number of negatives together. No matter how many positives you multiply together, you can never get a negative. It’s a little disheartening to know that society has come up with a conceptual world, in which, positives have more power. Why? Because in the real world, the theory is that it takes ten good deeds to make up for one bad one. Or, ten positives to offset one negative. If math is required in so many different areas of life, why doesn’t it reach out to society’s positives and negatives to help make the world a more positive place?

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Well, there’s no use crying over spilt soda. Yes, soda. For those of you who don’t get the reference, I am begging you: PLEASE watch Psych. It’s a PHENOMENAL show. Anyway, as helpful as math is, it can’t solve all problems, no matter how many different word problems you come up with. So, let’s take the power of positivity out of conceptuality because it deserves so much better than that.

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“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” -Willie Nelson, Musician

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Think about all of the negativity in YOUR world: loved ones who have departed, broken hearts, tattered friendships, lost jobs, failures, war, politics, news, sadness, anger, pain, loss, the fact that Microsoft Word says “negativity” is a word while “positivity” is not those stupid sons of…, and anything else that comes to your mind as negative. Now, dump all of the negativity out. Don’t just accept the negativity in your world today. Turn those negatives into a math equation. Put two negatives together to make a positive; If something negative happens to you and you feel negative emotions about it, take the situation and the emotion, and use it to do something great. Maybe find a new hobby. Fix a mistake. Do something better than you did it before. Turn the frown upside down. Life is too short to spend it on negative thoughts. Seize the positivity in the world, and help others seize it too. Let’s all make positivity a reality instead of a conceptuality.

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That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment along with a much appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, turn that negative situation into a positive one by becoming a follower. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

I realized something today. I realized why I’m a Boise State fan. But, I won’t say why, because I don’t want to jinx the Broncos. After all, they’re the only hope that I have left in the sports world.

Depend on. That was a phrase from the magic ticket scene of The Polar Express. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Depending on others can be nice…

I don’t really know where I was going with that.

I was lying in bed yesterday, asking myself one simple question: “What am I doing?” Actually, it’s not a simple question. My answer: “I don’t know.” Also, “I have no idea.” I don’t know what I want. That’s not true. I want the New York Giants and the Boise State Broncos to win. Yeah, lousy, huh? Boring desire. I don’t know what I REALLY want. Actually, I do. Maybe I don’t. I’ve told you before that I write to talk through things with myself, and inspire you. I want to make a difference to others. I have made differences to others. I should’ve specified that I want to make POSITIVE differences to others. I have made some. Not all. I think and feel too deeply. I only argue with others because I argue with myself. I argue with others because it presents some clarity to have the perspective of others. I argue with myself because only I understand my own perspective. Except I don’t. If I did, I wouldn’t argue with myself. It doesn’t strengthen arguments with others when you don’t know how to win an argument with yourself. I feel…lost. I thought I knew what I wanted. I never knew. I will know. When? What do you do when you don’t know who to believe? When you don’t even trust yourself? I don’t know. I have no idea.

You don’t know how much time I spend staring at my screen, wondering what to write. When this happens, I usually leave my hands on the keys. I feel as though there is some energy traveling through my hands, and into the keys. Positive or Negative? Both? I think the full extent of what I want to write, into the keys. Then, I type what I SHOULD write. Can you blame me? The internet isn’t exactly, trustworthy.

Football

-Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz threw his first career INT (Detroit Lions CB Darius Slay) in the Eagles first loss of the season to the Lions. The Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins, however, both won, while the New York Giants lost. So, the Giants are now last in the NFC East.

-The Cleveland Browns are now onto their 4th string QB, Charlie Whitehurst. Yeah, 3rd string rookie QB Cody Kessler got injured in their game against the New England Patriots, today. The Pats, however, had starting QB Tom Brady return from suspension. He claimed he was a little rusty after throwing for over 400 yards and 3 TDs against the Browns. Of course he did.

-New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr righted his wrong with the kicking net on the sideline. After getting into an altercation with it two weeks ago, Beckham gave it a hug during Sunday Night Football. Kicking nets are people, too!

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a much-appreciated like. Also, thank you for reading. I don’t say that enough. Also, please leave a “You’re welcome” in the comments if you actually read this far. I appreciate you reading through the confusion that is my mind converted into words, and I’d like to personally thank those of you who read my posts all the way through. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: August 24, 2016

I’d like to begin with the continuation of my thoughts on the new Madden NFL 17:

  1. As for the soundtrack, after the second day, I have found a couple of songs that I enjoy. That usually happens. I warm up to the soundtrack after playing for a while.
  2. As for in-game skills, I mentioned the importance of agility in this year’s game. Today proved that once again. I got frustrated with slow cuts from my TEs multiple times today.
  3. As for my team, it continues to improve. I’m up to a 78 overall with my best lineup (I was a 76 overall at the end of yesterday). By the way, the only money I’ve spent this year was on the game disc. I don’t spend money to buy packs in MUT, except for the Breast Cancer Awareness packs during October because some of the proceeds go toward research for the cure. So, my team has been improved through my completion of solo challenges. The packs that I’ve earned from those have been HORRIBLE. I’ve opened 10 pro packs this season, and still not one elite player.
  4. Also, I just wanted to say, I REALLY wish the New York Giants were as good in real life as they are in the game. It always surprises me when the Giants give my a team a run for its money. Of course, they tend to do that in real life, too. But, much like in real life, the Giants always come up short in Madden. Still, the Giants always seem to be the hardest team to play against in Madden.
  5. By the way, my in-game play has been on point this season. Through two days, I have yet to lose a game. I also have 7 user INTs (2 were pick-sixes) (meaning I followed the receiver from the very beginning of the play to get the INT. Overall, I have a LOT more than 7 INTs.), 1 fumble recovery for a TD, 2 forced safties, 3 kick returns for TDs, and 1 punt return for a TD. Oh, and there was this catch:

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Moving on to some NFL news:

  1. Relations between 3rd overall pick DE Joey Bosa, and the San Diego Chargers are actually managing to get worse. So bad, in fact, that the team released a statement about the contract today. Apparently, the Chargers offered the maximum contract they were willing to offer today, and Bosa rejected it. This latest development means that the DE likely won’t play in all 16 games this season, if he plays in any at all. Chargers executive John Spanos said the following about the Bosa situation: “It’s absolutely asinine.” I agree. There is actually speculation from NFL Network analysts that Bosa might never be a Charger. Remember how I said that a month ago? Maybe NFL Network should hire me. 🙂 Anyway, the rumor is that Bosa may enter the 2017 NFL Draft if he continues to reject the Chargers. WOW. I think Bosa is my least favorite football player of all-time. A lot of people would kill to be an NFL player, let alone be the 3rd overall pick. He needs to get over his greed and realize how lucky he is to be where he is right now.
  2. The New England Patriots traded C Bryan Stork to the Washington Redskins. Stork was losing the Patriots starting job to David Andrews, and reportedly had a serious attitude problem. The good news is, he should be good friends with Redskins CB Josh Norman. 🙂
  3. The New England Patriots released veteran WR Nate Washington. Washington was buried on the depth chart behind Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Chris Hogan. This could be the end of Washington’s career, as he has been in the league for some time.
  4. Good news New England Patriots fans, TE Rob Gronkowski has returned to Patriots practice after suffering a minor injury last Monday. Ironic, isn’t it, that with Gronk being all over the place (commercials, TV shows, cruises, etc), the one place where he was not, was the place that got him all over the place.

“Make every day a new best day ever.” -TheHaysWay

I live by that philosophy. I live every day like it’s my last because I want every day to be better than the previous day. I will admit, it can get difficult. There are multiple things that go into this philosophy. First of all, you have to say it aloud. If you say it aloud, you are more likely to believe it. Believing it is the most important part. Even if you just pretend like you believe it, it helps. Second of all, surround yourself with people and things that make you happy. This part is ALMOST as important as believing it. Especially with regard to people. I can say definitively that having people who make me happy around me is VERY important. When I am arguing with the people that are important to me, it makes it a LOT harder to stay positive and happy. It can still be done (I’ve done it), but it’s MUCH more difficult. When you do argue with important people in your life, try to forgive and forget as quickly as possible. If the other person won’t forgive and/or forget, then that person doesn’t deserve to be important to you, because they are not interested in sharing positivity and happiness. Things are important as well. They are far less important than people, but they certainly help. In my life, for example, the release of the new Madden significantly lifted my spirits. The past two days have DEFINITELY been two of the best days I’ve had this year. Third of all, just do it. If you have the previous two ingredients, everything should fall into place. Happiness doesn’t have to be hard to attain. Just don’t overthink it. The small things often result in being happier, and therefore, healthier. Plus, if you live every day like it’s your new best day ever, not only will you feel better, but you will lift all of the people around you. I’ve found that when I am happy and positive, my friends are also more happy and positive because we feed off of each other. My best friend actually inspired me to create this philosophy because he is one of the happiest, and most positive people I know. That’s why we are such amazing friends. But don’t just take my word for it, try it! You will feel so much better mentally, physically, and emotionally. It’s a great feeling.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the Madden news and/or the daily NFL news and/or the daily quote and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like (Thumbs up for the first full-length post in over a week!). If you like what you read and you are not yet a follower, please become a follower because that helps my day become my new best day ever! Have a pleasant tomorrow.