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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 35 :: win and lose

4 Feb
{next year}

It’s always hard to lose. And that’s the hardest part of sports, sporting or being a sports fan. Someone always loses. “There’s always next year,” was coined for a night like this.

And yet, on the other side, there is a winner. A first-time victory and the joy of bringing home a trophy. History in the record books. So many elated sports fans. The first taste of victory.

It’s the light and the dark. The sun and the shade. One needs the other to exist. For that contrast.

Tonight I felt that contrast as my heart beat so fast inside of me I could barely breathe. I so wanted the Patriots to win. Not because the team has been there before. Not because it was Tom Brady, the GOAT in the game. Not because I have watch him play since his days at Michigan or because we spent most of our adult life in Boston. It was because Justin was at the game.

I just wanted them to win so that he could see it. Experience it. Take it all in.

Of course, this is where you say, “Oh, it’s just a game.” And it is. But it’s making me think about JOY — and what it takes to feel joyful — do we need the low to understand the high? Does the winner need the loser to feel victory? 

The answer is most likely, yes, in both instances.

And yet, it sucks to lose. In the whatever game you play. Always. But the point may be to find joy in the game. To honor the ability to play. Or to just be there. Win or lose.

Congratulations Philly – may you enjoy every moment of this joyous occasion.
And… for the rest of us…there’s always next year 😉

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 79 :: losing is…

23 Mar

Awful.

I have been thinking all night of something KIND to say about losing. Mostly because I had Michigan in my Final Four Bracket winning it all. And tonight they lost.

So now, they are out. And so I am. That’s the craziness of March Madness.  One and done.

And, then, I found this:

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{learning}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 300 :: a yin win

2 Nov

Day 300: W. 

After a yin yoga class I came home to watch this:

History. In. The. Making.
Like I always say… you never know what can happen in one year. (or 108!)

Namaste, Cubs. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{108}
#lovemoredomore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 32 :: what’s the score

1 Feb
I’ve been in an airport since this morning, before the sun rose. The Blizzard has rerouted and rearranged my plans, along with many others. But it’s good to know that the Super Bowl goes on… as evidenced by everyone huddled around TV’s throughout the airport.

Including me.
Until now.

I just realized I have less than an hour before my flight leaves and I need to post my blog (or I will miss the window for today, and I won’t let that stop this 5-year writing streak!).

So I had to pull myself away from the game. I have no idea what the score is while I’m over here in this corner of the airport writing, sucking up juice from an outlet to keep my computer running. I can hear the cheers and boos coming from afar but I have no idea what they mean. Of course I’m hoping it’s for the Pats good fortune but I am surrounded by Seahawks fans so…..

And then something hit me! As I pulled myself away from the crowd I see something beautiful. Further proof that we are all connected. We are all plugged into this game (well, most of us) one way or another. Whether it’s for the team, the commercials, or as my friend Laura said about her kids, they care more about the food!

Speaking of commercials. I am beyond moved by these Coke ads. The brand has taken the Big Game and turned it into a platform for a big message. One that we all know is true = what we say to each other matters so let’s talk about things we all want to hear.

And while Coke wants us to hear a message to crave more sugar, I know what we all really crave is love. I know this from my own trials and tests. When my body craves something sweet what I really want is some LOVE. Or something I can’t have, like a hug from my mom. Give me some sugar! As Kid President says.

We are all connected. But it’s being connected to our hearts that matters most. That’s the big game. So while I have no idea what the score is right now, I do know this:  when we all live from our heart, from a place of love, everybody wins.

#givemesomesugar

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 {what is your sugar?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 10 :: holy crap that was a game

10 Jan

There are a lot of blissful New England Patriots fans tonight.

And all I can say is that game was stressful. I literally had to close my eyes because it was so difficult to watch at times. It was not a blissful experience until Julian Edelman threw a little surprise quarterback magic (wow!).

It’s amazing how a little leather ball can cause so much pain and suffering, stress and worry, and incredible bliss too. 

But I’m happy (and relieved) to see the Pats win and advance forward. Let the games really begin!

Speaking of games…

From yesterday’s Movie Trivia:  

What is the name of the first movie Clint Eastwood directed?
If you answered Play Misty For Me you were right!

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what brought you bliss today?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 76 :: games to play after dinner

17 Mar

We have a new game around here (new to us).

It’s called Man Bites Dog. We have been playing it after dinner at the kitchen table after our bellies have been stuffed. I can report it’s pretty good for a full belly laugh too.

The objective is to draw 5 cards and create a headline. It’s fun and sometimes frustrating, but always surprising.

I like to play games. I like to win too. But there’s always a fine line between playing to win and peak performance.

Because playing for fun is sometimes the best way to win.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{what is your fave game?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 34 :: you have to play to win

3 Feb

Tonight, I saw a sign.

It said, “You have to play to win.”
I stopped and pondered the wisdom behind it. It makes total sense in an inspiring way.

Unfortunately, it was on a lottery ticket sales dispenser. Which begs the question of how much to trust the messenger.

Regardless of the origins of the sign the meaning behind it is solid.
And inspiring.

And it makes me wonder… what are you playing?
What do you want to win?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{what do you want to win?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 11 peak performance: 80 is the new 40

11 Jan

The Pats won!

Which makes us pretty happy around here.
And it has me thinking about peak performance …and football …and age.

I am admittedly a football flunky. 
I love watching the game. I love hearing the game. I love seeing the advertising and partnerships in the stadium. I love the commercials in between on TV.  But I really have no idea what those players do out there on the field …Other than run and hit each other while wearing tights …And score touchdowns.

They take hits that I cannot possibly imagine.
Then get back up again. 

The fact is, they are at their peak performance levels. The good news seems to be that we can do the same, us mere mortals who did not inherit the football gene.

In a recent study of octogenarian endurance athletes, including a former Olympic champion cross-country skier, researchers saw cases where “80 is the new 40,” according to lead author Scott Trappe, director of Ball State’s Human Performance Laboratory. -Boston Globe

Of course this study is dealing with life-long athletes who stayed in shape their entire life… but I digress. What’s good for them must be good for “us” too.

80 is the new 40! 
That sounds fabulous to me (given that I turn the big 4-0 this year, ahem, like in a few weeks).

So if 80 is the new 40 …does that mean 40 is the new 20?
(Well, okay, I accept.)

Except there is one disclaimer:

Longevity also depends, in large part, upon what players do during the offseason and between games. And there is ever-improving knowledge about that. -Boston Globe

Boom.
And there’s the rub, the kicker, the bottom-line, the reality of it all in an-apple-a-day sort of way.

But still…. 80 is the new 40!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

 
{what does age mean to you?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 328 :: a month of inspiration :: winning after losing

24 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share a come from behind win – and what it means to you. 

Do you feel behind? 
Like you’re losing, like there’s no way to get where you want to go? 

Then take a note from tonight’s Sunday Night Football game. 
The New England Patriots (our favorite team) played the Denver Bronco’s (Mama Sling’s favorite team). 

Somehow in the first quarter the Pats FUMBLED three times and gave up two touchdowns and a field goal. Blame it on the cold weather, the indomitable Denver defense or just some serious bad luck, but by halftime the Pats were down 24 – 0. 

How could this happen?
And SO fast?

The score looked overwhelmingly pitiful, so Justin required that I wear a NE Patriots hat. Just to help bring back some mojo. To believe in something. Anything to change the momentum.

So I donned the hat, and a new attitude.
Go Pats!

As you probably already know, The Pats won. 

Which brings me to this: 

It’s so easy to get down. It’s even easier to stay down when the going gets tough. But you can always turn “it” around – whatever your it may be. 

The past does not have to dictate the future. 
Because every new action counts more than the one before it. 
Every choice matters. 
And you can always start over. 

So go forth and do or re-do. 
And… no matter what, believe.

You just might win.

More tomorrow.

Lovemore {fearless!}
Jamie

{where do you want a win?}
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