There are some setbacks to living in Cali vs. Oregon, like sports…
At this moment I am listening to my son yell “Go Blazers!!” in his most fierce two year old fan voice and it’s working.
The downfall? Besides it being the few games we’ve been able to catch on television, we have to listen to the L.A. Clippers announcers for the entire game. Although I am new to all this ‘sports’ world stuff, I am a Blazers fan. I think they’re quite an incredible team and the men are… Men. Gentlemen. I see other guys in the NBA and I’m turned off by their cockiness and egos… their ‘hood’ cuts and swagga. Call me crazy but that kind of stuff just doesn’t get me going. But guys becoming men under pressure… that’s my team.
As I’m watching I can’t help but get a slight bit annoyed and detoured by the other teams announcers. They’re, as always, underestimating our team and excusing our lead and position in the rankings.
It got me thinking, how paralleled that can be in our lives sometimes.
We so often have to go through situations where who we are tuned into aren’t always on our team. They might be basking in our failures and excusing our triumphs. They might be taking joy in the mere fact that we aren’t where we want to be.
Even if we are ahead in life, it doesn’t make it as enjoyable tuned through the wrong station. I heard a saying once, “You are only as good as the five people you hang out with the most.” It struck me. How often do we let those nay-sayers in our ears. How much do we put up with? How sour do they make our good days… how harder do they make life in general.
It is so important to surround yourself with people who are on your team, on your side. Not a person comparing, not someone who wants you to fail, not someone who wants you only to do good as long as it’s not better than them. Surround yourself for someone who believes in you, your dreams, your life… who aligns themselves morally, with the same integrity and who lifts you up when you miss that basket you so often make. Who knows how amazing you can be and believes it even when you don’t.
Sometimes we will still only be able to listen to the opposing team but don’t make it a habit to live in a place where you can’t hear your biggest cheerleaders. Find your team. Find those people who lift you up and tune into their channel. Your mountains will look more like hills and your confidence to preform will as strong as a raging river, like it was made to be.
Cell phone photo of the action… My two yr old son, my husband and one year old daughter