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.

Quote Bank: April 24, 2017

Today is one of those days…

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It’s hard when you know a previous choice could’ve changed it…
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Often referred to as a “yes, man”. Saying “no” isn’t letting someone else down, it’s picking yourself up.

“I don’t sing in the car. I perform.” -Anonymous

There is no better feeling than singing in the car by myself. Nobody to judge, every emotion to release.

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Wow. This one probably requires a lengthy discussion some day. I have noticed my breathing often mirrors my feeling.

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Oakland-turned-Las Vegas Raiders, Soul-fed Happiness, College Students or High Schoolers?

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard that the Oakland Raiders are going to be the Las Vegas Raiders in two years time. I REALLY want to hear your thoughts on this subject because there seem to be mixed reviews EVERYWHERE. I have a friend who is a Raiders fan who is pissed that they are leaving behind the “best fan base in the world” in Oakland because he’s a little unrealistic when it comes to his passions. Case in point: He is under the impression that the Raiders had the best chance of any playoff team of beating the New England Patriots this postseason. (He also thinks that Raiders owner Mark Davis will get stabbed by somebody if he returns to Oakland…) But, I personally think that Mark Davis is a genius because Las Vegas is a tourist town. Their fan base will be inconsistent, but they should always have people filling the stands. Plus, gambling, right? This was definitely a money-motivated move. But above all, I think Oakland Raiders fans need to stop being such babies. Idaho doesn’t have an NFL team, so my favorite NFL team has been ACROSS THE COUNTRY from me for my ENTIRE LIFE!!! I’ll try to stop ranting, just please leave a comment with your opinion on the Raiders relocation.

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True! Don’t get brainwashed by marketing!
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Here’s a good Quote of the Day!

This is just perfect. I can’t even believe how amazingly true and applicable this quote is. Now, I’ve often been pinned with the stereotype of “ginger’s got no soul“. I assume you’ve all heard that one before (some of you have probably even used that one before…SHAME! But it’s ok, I forgive you 🙂 ). Anyway, I will confess that in high school I fit the stereotype because I DID have an ego, mostly in regard to my French Horn playing abilities and my intellectual prowess. Through 2 quarters of college, I can tell you that this quote is spot on. I’ve learned how to step away from the ego (it helps that most of the people in college are about as intelligent as I am, some even more so. It also helps to take 3 months off from playing any French Horn) and do what I want to do to feed my soul. I can’t say that I have achieved true happiness (society makes that MUCH harder to achieve than it should be), but I CAN tell you: It’s nice. When you are feeding your ego, you feel as if you’re better than everyone around you (btw, you’re also WRONG). When you are feeding your soul, you just feel…better. Regardless of what it is that feeds your soul (singing, dancing, writing, reading, exercising, gaming, calculating, engineering, experimenting, laughing, acting, politicizing, speaking, storytelling, observing, helping, and whatever else because there’s a lot that I’m forgetting), I urge you to do that. Set some time aside for you. Those jerks at work who walk around like they’re the best are usually inferior to those who save time for themselves. Be yourself and you will be happier and…better…in whatever way that means to you.

I just wanted to throw out the reason I chose the quote above: I really wanted a quote that I could give a high school example to. Why? In my first college writing class of the quarter (which was a matter of hours ago), I walked in right as class started and the classroom was split directly in half: one half was the boys, and the other half was the girls. SERIOUSLY?! We’re in college now! We are men and women, not boys and girls! Why do we have to bring back something that represents everything that is wrong with high school?! I was one of the TWO people in the class of FIFTEEN that was sitting next to a person of the opposite gender.

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That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the Oakland Raiders and/or on the Las Vegas Raiders and/or on the best things in life and/or on burger king and/or on soul-fed happiness (-ticityism) and/or on college students behaving like high schoolers and/or on whatever else is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to feed your soul…or to let me feed your soul…? 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Sidebar: Clearing My Mind and My Soul

So, I was just lying in bed, trying to go to sleep. The only problem was that I was thinking…I have a few things weighing on my mind and my soul that I need to talk out before I can sleep.

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Do you live your life striving to be a certain kind of person? I do. I try to be a good person. That’s not the new development, I know I’ve told all of you about that before. Thursday, I stopped dead in my tracks because one of my assignments made me think about the biggest moment, in which, I was not the person I wanted to be. I know that I’m not defined by that one moment, but I think about it…I wish that I had it all to do over again. I wish there was some way that I could adequately make up for my mistake in that moment. Anyway, the reminder of that moment left me staring into space for a good 10 minutes. I remember asking myself, “Am I really who I claim to be, and who I want to be?” I am. That much is clear to me. It always has been. I always come back to that after these moments of uncertainty. It really is a drain to have that mistake on my mind, though. I doubt it will go anywhere anytime soon, either, which makes it all the more painful. I couldn’t even finish the assignment in that moment. I had to play some NBA 2K 13 to make myself move past that moment.

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As a tangent to that thought, do you ever have moments where you have a question that you want to ask, but you don’t know to whom you should ask it? Well, yesterday, I wanted to ask someone, “Do you think I’m a good person?” I believe there are plenty of people who would respond, “Absolutely.” I didn’t want to ask those people. I wanted to ask someone who I believe might say, “No.” I’m not sure why…I never ended up asking anyone because I came back to my senses and remembered that character isn’t defined by one moment, but a lifelong collection of moments. So, I was quite unsettled on Thursday. Yesterday, I received a text from my best friend, who said, “It will be awesome when you come back.” That made me feel much better. That’s what friends are for. The timing of that text, right when I was feeling like a dirtbag, was perfect. It was probably the most perfectly timed text I’ve ever received, almost like a psychic connection, or something. Shout out to best friends!

Another thing on my mind was Thursday’s Boise State game. I about had a heart attack. FIVE turnovers for the Broncos! I thought for SURE they would lose their first game of their season the week before I go see them in person. (That’s right, I’m going to see them play @ the University of Wyoming with four of my friends here at DU!) I realized something else about myself in watching that game: I’m a big New York Giants and Boise State Broncos fan, but I’m a fan in different ways. I love the New York Giants. I pour my soul into my love of the Boise State Broncos. I have come to expect the Giants to lose during their season because they play in the NFL. With the Broncos, however, I always believe that they can go undefeated. It legitimately breaks my heart when they lose. Anyway, I’m REALLY glad that they ended up winning 28-27, despite the FIVE turnovers. So, I will be going to see the undefeated Boise State Broncos take on the Wyoming Cowboys next weekend. Go Broncos!

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Boise State WR Thomas Sperbeck with a TD catch in the Broncos’ narrow, 28-27 victory over BYU, on Thursday

I know this post was supposed to contain the 29th-ranked NFL franchise in all-time winning percentage, but I’m going to save that for the next post. This one was solely to talk a couple of things through.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, 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.