Wisdoms: No. 1

 

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There’s a big difference between the person who does nice things for people because he cares about what they think of him and the person who does nice things for people because he genuinely cares about how they feel.

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Should Cam Newton Not Be Disappointed?

 

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Dec 7, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Panthers defeated the Saints 41-10. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

 

Today people are bad mouthing Cam Newton, and I, a huge Denver Broncos fan, find myself defending him. Yes Cam could be less cocky, and yes he should have handled the post Super Bowl interviews more graciously. But what I see most in his post-game behavior is a young man who is extremely disappointed in losing, as I’m sure we all would be.

The behavior I find more reprehensible is that of the people who make fun of Cam’s disappointment or who take joy in his loss. It reminds me of all the mean comments people posted about Peyton Manning after the Broncos’ loss in Super Bowl 48 – particularly the photos people posted of him looking dejected on the sideline, those photos where people thought it was funny to joke that Peyton was calling home to Mommy.

I think people should be more understanding and compassionate about a losing athlete’s disappointment and not find it humorous. Professional athletes may be paid a lot, but that doesn’t make their disappointment any less. They are human beings like everyone else.

Do people really think that a losing player isn’t going to be disappointed? Do they really believe that that disappointment is funny? All I can say is: “I hope not.” If they do, their peculiar sense of humor says a lot more about them than it does about a losing quarterback or his teammates.

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Rain Rhapsody

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Wonderful to experience the rhythm and tempo of the rain during my sitting this morning. First, soft and gentle, its drops tapping a few blades of grass here and there. Slowly, as the breeze strengthens, so does the rain. Cool, refreshing, an almost hypnotic pulse. For just a few minutes, the breeze picks up, and in response, the rain is almost torrential. I feel a spiritual presence and oddly, a sense of empowerment. I am mesmerized by small leaves floating along newly formed streams in street gutters. Just as quickly, the rain subsides, then ebbs in strength, softer, heavier, softer, heavier… strictly adhering to the direction of its conductor, the Wind. There is an amazing musicality about it all; a musicality experienced more as vibrations in the body than sensations on the ear. Sadly, the rhapsody ends. The skies begin to clear, and I am welcomed by a new symphony of birdsong emanating from every tree. So grateful to have experienced the rhythm and tempo of the rain during my sitting this morning.

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Columbine

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With all the rain, the columbine are flourishing this year. 

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Sunrise Clouds

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Sunrise Clouds

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Sitting in the Rain

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Scratches of bird song, barely but sweetly audible, in the drumming of drops on pavement, on roof tops, on the hood of my orange rain jacket.

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The Wisdom of Brené Brown – Empathy


Brené Brown on Empathy

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Denver Daring Discussion of Guidepost #2 in The Gifts of Imperfection

Self-Compassion

On June 17th, the Denver Daring Group will be discussing Guidepost #2 – Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism – in Brené Brown’s book “The Gifts of Imperfection.” If you live in or near the greater Denver area, I’d love to have you join us. Please rsvp on the Denver Daring Meetup page if you plan to attend. Thank you!

Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism

Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015, 9:30 AM

Egg & I Restaurant
560 S Holly St Denver, CO

5 Daring Hearts Attending

There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in. (Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”)***The Denver Daring Monthly Book Discussion will meet on the third Wednesday of each month, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Glendale Egg & I. The Egg & I’s address is 560 South Holly Street, Denver, CO, 80246. We will discuss Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts…

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Mindful Observation

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The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. (Henry Miller)

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Mindful Joy

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For the past several days, Gertie has not visited during my morning sitting. Though she’s a squirrel and a recent friend, I could not help but worry and feel a deep sadness at not seeing her. This morning when my furry-tailed friend returned, warmth emanated from my heart. Mindfulness. So important to note the joy I felt in that moment.

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